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Col (USAF ret.) John C. Wright

Col. John Charles Wright, 85, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. He was born in San Antonio and graduated from Brackenridge H.S. in 1948. While still in high school, he joined the Texas National Guard. He graduated from San Antonio College in 1950. At the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined the USAF Aviation Cadet program. Col. Wright was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, earned his pilot's wings and married his high school sweetheart, Jeannette Pfeil, all on the same day, December 15, 1951 in Phoenix, AZ. He flew 100 missions over North Korea in the F-84 Thunderjet in 1952-1953. He was assigned to Luke AFB and trained new pilots in the air-to-ground combat tactics. In 1959, he flew the B-47 out of Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX until 1962 when he was selected to fly the first supersonic bomber, the B-58 Hustler. 

In 1965, he joined the tactical fighter business to fly the F-105 Thunderchief where he received the "Top Gun" award at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV. Transferring overseas to Okinawa in 1966, he commanded the 67th TFS. Col. Wright lead the first USAF fighters in response to the North Korean capture of the US Naval Intelligence Ship, Pueblo. After a year in South Korea, he flew 140 combat missions over Laos and North Vietnam out of Takhli, Thailand.

In 1970, he was assigned to a B-52 D Wing at March AFB, Riverside, CA, where he commanded a squadron and was promoted to Colonel. In 1971, Col. Wright was assigned to Grand Forks AFB, ND, as the 319th Bomb Wing Deputy Commander of Operations. He finished his career at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE as the only USAF officer to command the US Navy's CINCPACREP Office. While in Bellevue, Col. Wright earned his bachelor's degree in General Studies from University of Nebraska at Omaha. He retired after 28 years of service on January 1, 1976. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, 13 Air Medals, and 17 additional medals and awards. Upon retirement he was selected to be area manager for the Rockwell Commander's single-engine aircraft, establishing dealerships and becoming the top area manager for two years.
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