John Willard Baer

Douglas Class of 1942-K

European Theater

Awards: Silver Star and 20 Air Medals, the Legion Of Merit.

Highest rank achieved: Brig. Gen.

Wife: Jane Elizabeth Sykes

Of Washington, D.C. and McClean, VA

He was born in Idaho on July 24, 1919.

He was a West Point Cadet (13294) at Douglas. Red Beach was his instructor. He had Basic at Gunter and graduated from Spence Field. Later he was in the 396th Fighter Sqdn., 368th Fighter Wing in Europe. He flew 100 missions in P-47’s. Had 2 victories and 2 probable.

After the War, he went to Headquarters U.S. Air Force 1946-49. He received his M.A. at Georgetown Univ. in 1950. His service included:
Office of Deputy Chief of Staff-Operations, at the Pentagon in 1952
Headquarters, Pacific Air Force, 1957-59
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, 1958-61
National War College in 1962
Commanding Officer, 20th Fighter wing, 1963-65
Headquarters, Tactical Air Command 1966-67
Military Air Lift Command, Scott A.F.B., IL and Thailand, 1967-69
International Security Affairs, 1969-70
Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, 1970 until he retired in 1972 as a Brig. General.

He was a member of the Thunderbolt Pilots Association.