GERALD B. CONNOR, LTCOL, USAF

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 4, 1927
Date of death: November 13, 1967
Age: 40

Lucky Bag

1951 Connor LB.jpg

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

Gerald B. Connor

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A citizen of the only city of this fine nation that professes to have a third faucet in every house for piped-in beer . . . Milwaukee, Wisconsin . . . came to us from the ranks of the mighty wearers of the forest green . . . and from a family that boasts a very proud war record, having a father and seven brothers in the last conflict . . . spent plebe year playing basketball and soccer . . . never known to strain to great extent except for his mighty efforts put forth to the member of the opposite sex found gracing his arm every Saturday until Sunday evening . . . his future will be found in the cockpit of an airplane wearing his crushed blue derby and his wrinkled bus driver's uniform.

Loss

From The Daily Telegram of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on November 14, 1967:

Crash Kills Two Air Force Pilots LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Air Force pilots, including a much-decorated Vietnam veteran from Milwaukee, were killed Monday when their single-engine propeller plane crashed into a 5,000-foot mountain. The victims were Lt. Col. Gerald B. Connor, 40, Milwaukee, and Capt. George Burroughs, 47, Cauthron, Ark. Connor was commander of Detachment One of the Air Force special weapons center of Kirkland, Air Force Base, New Mexico. He was awarded eight air medals in Vietnam and was the holder of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Bronze Star. Connor was survived by his widow and one daughter.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The date of the accident was November 13, 1967.


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