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Joseph James Nazzaro
Birth: Mar. 21, 1913
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1990
Pima County
Arizona, USA

US Air Force General. After attending high school in New York City and the Millard Preparatory School in Washington DC, he was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated in 1936 with a commission as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. He attended Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field (now Kelly Air Force Base), Texas, graduating in October 1937, after which he was transferred to the US Army Air Corps. He served in the Philippine Islands and from 1940 to 1942, he held assignments with the 7th Bombardment Group, Salt lake City, Utah, the 39th Bombardment Group, Geiger Field, Washington, and commanded the 203nd Bombardment Group at Tucson, Arizona. In early 1943 he was transferred to Pyote, Texas and served as the commander of the 381st Bombardment Group and led the unit to England in May 1943, where it joined up with the 8th Air Force where it saw action in World War II. In January 1944, be became the deputy director of operations for the US Strategic Air Forces in Europe. He returned to the United States in August 1944 and was assigned to the 316th Bombardment Wing, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as its deputy commander. In December 1945, the unit moved to Okinawa Air Base, Japan, and he assumed the command. He returned to the United States in May 1946, and became chief of the Operations Division, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Bolling Field (now Bolling Air Force Base), Washington DC. After graduating from the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Field (now Maxwell Air Force Base), Alabama, he became an instructor at the school until December 1948, when he returned to Headquarters US Air Force, Washington DC, and served in the War Plans Division, Directorate of Plans. In August 1952, he became the commander of the 68th Bombardment Wing at Lake Charles Air Force Base, Louisiana and in 1953, he moved to Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, to take command of the 38th Air Division. In June 1955, he was named commander of Strategic Air Command's 15th Air Division in Morocco, and returned to the United States in July 1957, where he was the director of personnel planning at Headquarters Air Force, Washington DC. He then transferred to March Air Force Base (now March Air Reserve Base), California, in July 1959, where he served as the deputy commander for 15th Air Force. In October 1962, he was assigned to Westover Air Force Base (now Westover Air Reserve Base), Massachusetts, serving as the commander of 8th Air Force. In December 1964, he became the vice commander of Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and was appointed the commander in chief in February 1967. He then became the commander in chief of Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in August 1968. He was promoted to the rank of general on February 1, 1967. He retired from the Air Force on August 1, 1971, with 35 years of active Army Air Corps and Air Force service. He was a command pilot and combat and aircraft observer. Among his military decorations and awards include the Silver Star, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. He died from cancer. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: 003 C 078
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: HEE (inactive)
Record added: Feb 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17906508
Joseph James Nazzaro
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