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LTC John Phineas "Jack" Gregg
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1918
Alva
Woods County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 2008
Reno
Washoe County
Nevada, USA

Lt. Colonel John "Jack" Phineas Gregg, died after a prolonged illness on July 16, 2008. Born on January 15, 1918 in Alva, Oklahoma, son of Dr. Orin Russell Gregg and Mary Agnes Logue Gregg.

He graduated from Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma and from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma with a B. S. in Engineering.

He was a member of the Air Corps Flying Cadet Class 40-D, then went on to become a pilot and commander in the Air Corps 28th Ferrying Squadron, ferrying all types of combat aircraft during the early years of WW II.

He was one of the "Hellbirds", under the command of Major General Curtis LeMay, and had many stories about flying B-29's with the 20th Bomber Command in the China-Burma-India theatre. He was awarded the Air Medal for services in the Aleutian Islands, four Oak Leaf Clusters for successful missions while flying the "Hump", and attacking Japan. He was awarded the Distingushed Flying Cross for meritorious achievement while piloting a B-29 on a bombing mission over Japan on July 7, 1944.

After retiring from the Air Force, he had a civilian position as the London Station Manager for Pan American World Airways System for a few years and then returned to the military for another decade of service as the Operations Coordinator of the Pacific Missile Range in Kaneohe, Oahu.

Jack will be remembered for his "joie de vivre", his love of music, his passion for flying and his charm and conviviality. He was an unwavering patriot who spent most of his working life serving this country and was humble about his military successes, often saying that he was just doing his job and that many others of his generation were doing the same.

He is survived by his sister, Barbara Crane of Norman, Oklahoma; his daughters, Dr. Jeannette Marie Greer-Brumbaugh of Houston, Texas, Catherine Chandler Vick of Taborough, North Carolina, Lee Wilhelm of Wilson, North Carolina; and his son, James Michael Gregg of Houston, Texas. He leaves behind ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was married twice, first to Marcella Chandler of Kentucky, daughter of "Happy" Chandler, governor of Kentucky, then U.S. Senator, second to Hedy A. Haefliger of Lucerne, Switzerland.

His remains will be cremated and interred next to those of other family members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Jack' name be made to the Veteran's of Foreign Wars of the United States, VFW Foundtion, Suite 514, 406 W. 34th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111



 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Betty Lang Walker
Record added: Nov 10, 2012
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LTC John Phineas Jack Gregg
Added by: Betty Lang Walker
 
LTC John Phineas Jack Gregg
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Thank you-and all our active duty military and veterans-for your service and sacrifice. God Bless you.
- Sandra Walker
 Added: Nov. 10, 2012
Jack, while I have not found a family connection to your Gregg name, I salute you in the name of my great grandfather, Hiram John Gregg, who was also a defender of our country serving in the Civil War. May you and he share your war experiences and find ...(Read more)
- Betty Lang Walker
 Added: Nov. 10, 2012
Jack, growing up in the WW II era, I have you and all the veterans to thank for my freedom and for saving our country and way of life! May you always have peaceful rest.
- Betty Lang Walker
 Added: Nov. 10, 2012
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