William V. McBride

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William V. McBride
GEN McBride, William Vincent 1.jpg
General William V. McBride in a 1974 official portrait
Born (1922-05-25) May 25, 1922 (age 92)
Wampum, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1943–1978
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held Second Air Rescue Group
Eighth Air Rescue Group
1608th Air Transport Group
437th Military Airlift Wing
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Materiel Headquarters Military Airlift Command
Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations Headquarters Military Airlift Command
Chief of Staff of the Military Airlift Command
Vice Commander in Chief of the United States Air Forces in Europe
Air Training Command
Air Force Logistics Command
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force[1]
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Cold War
Vietnam War

William Vincent McBride (born May 25, 1922) is a former General in the United States Air Force and the former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.


Early life[edit]

McBride was born in Wampum, Pennsylvania in 1922.[2] He received his high school education from Wampum High School in 1939. He later attended the Garfield Business Institute, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.[1]

He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 and entered aviation cadet training. He completed navigation training at the Pan American Airways Navigation School, Coral Gables, Florida, and graduated as a second lieutenant. He next attended bombardier school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and in March 1943 entered combat crew training as a navigator-bombardier in B-26 Marauder aircraft at MacDill Field, Florida.[1]

Early career[edit]

In July 1943 he joined the 387th Bombardment Group in the European Theater of Operations as squadron navigator and later served as group navigator. He helped plan and flew on many of the important missions in support of the Allied ground forces offensive, including D-Day operations.[1]

After World War II, he trained new navigators at Ellington Field, Texas, and then was assigned to Lackland Army Air Field, Texas, to help organize the present Air Force basic training base. He attended basic and advanced pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana in 1947-1948 to become a triple-rated officer. In 1950 he attended New York University in New York City.[1]

Since that time, many of his military assignments were in the Military Airlift Command in weather reconnaissance, air rescue and airlift functions.[1]

During the Korean War, he commanded the Second Air Rescue Group in Okinawa and in the Philippines. After a tour of duty in Headquarters Air Rescue Service as deputy chief of staff for plans, he commanded the Eighth Air Rescue Group at Stead Air Force Base, Nevada, during 1956-1957. He then commanded the 1608th Air Transport Group at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina The group was responsible for providing airlift to Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.[1]

In 1959 General McBride was assigned as a student to the National War College in Washington D.C., and in early 1960, as a member of a small official group of National War College students, visited Moscow and toured points of interest in the Soviet Union.[1]

Later career[edit]

In July 1960 he was assigned to Headquarters United States Air Force, Directorate of Plans, to work on problems related to counterinsurgency and special warfare. He served first as assistant chief of the Cold War Division and later as the chief of the Special Warfare Division.[1]

In June 1964 he was selected by Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert to become his military assistant. When Secretary Harold Brown replaced Mr. Zuckert in October 1965, McBride remained as the military assistant where he was called on to advise and assist the secretary and undersecretary on operational, planning and programming matters.[1]

He was assigned as commander of the 437th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, in August 1966. McBride was assigned to Headquarters Military Airlift Command in March 1969 as deputy chief of staff, materiel; he became deputy chief of staff, operations, in September 1969; and chief of staff, Military Airlift Command, in March 1970.[1]

Lt. Gen William V. McBride, Commander of Air Training Command

McBride was assigned as vice commander in chief, United States Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany, in September 1971. He assumed command of Air Training Command in September 1972, and became commander of the Air Force Logistics Command in September 1974.[1]

McBride in San Antonio, Texas in 2007.

McBride was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force on September 1, 1975.[3] He was promoted to the grade of general effective Sept. 1, 1974, with same date of rank. He retired on March 31, 1978.[1]

He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.


Awards earned over his career include:[1]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "GENERAL WILLIAM V. MCBRIDE". United States Air Force. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  2. ^ date & year of birth according to LCNAF CIP data
  3. ^ "The Air Force in Facts and Figures". United States Air Force Almanac. p. 37. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 

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