MG Edward Alexander McGough III

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 May 2017 (aged 98)
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Plot Sec 20 Site 1693
Memorial ID 179449281 · View Source
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Edward Alexander McGough, III, USAF Major General, passed peacefully from this life on May 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. 
Edward was an amazing, strong, kind and gentle man, who was truly cherished by all who knew him.  
Edward is survived by his daughters, Sara Lendzion and her husband, Dennis Lendzion, Ann McGough, Nancy McGough Green and her husband, Sean Green and Gail McGough-Madueña and husband, James Madueña, grandchildren, Pamela Sever, Alexandra Dyer and her husband, Brandon Dyer, Brooke Irwin and her husband, Daniel Irwin, Mara McGough-Madueña, Alison McGough-Madueña and her husband, Reid, Joel Green and his wife, Deanna and James McGough-Madueña and great-grandchildren, Alynna Dyer, Antony Dyer, Ainslie Madueña-McLean and Gavin Dyer. 
Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Romaine and grandson, Lindsey Green.
General McGough was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1918. Edward graduated from Towson High School, Towson, MD in 1936, and then served in the United States Navy from October of 1936 to June to 1939. Edward then entered the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and graduated in January of 1943 with a commission as Second Lieutenant. The January 1943 graduation was unique to his class due to World War II.  Edward attended the Army Air Corps Flying School during 1942 while a cadet at the academy, and in December of 1942 he received his pilot wings at Columbus Army Air Forces Base, MI. Subsequently, he received fighter pilot training on the West Coast. 
Edward went with the 474th Fighter Group in January of 1944 to the European Theater of Operations where he progressed from flight commander to squadron commander in a P-38 fighter aircraft organization. His service as a P-38 pilot included flights from England to France on D-Day.  Following this, he spent a short tour of duty in the Ninth Air Force headquarters as an operations officer. 
Edward returned to the United States in August of 1945, attended Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, KS and then went to Washington, D.C., where he served from 1945 until 1947 as operations officer for the 33d Army Air Forces Base Unit, better known as the Army Air Forces Flight Services. As the operations officer, he programmed, planned and implemented the establishment of the Military Flight Service Centers throughout the United States. 
General McGough attended Stanford University from September of 1947 to May of 1949 and received his master's degree in business administration. Edward next was assigned to the Officers' Assignment Branch, Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, Headquarters United States Air Force. In January of 1951 he entered the Air Command and Staff School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. In May of 1951 he went to Headquarters United States Air Force as a personnel assignment officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. 
In May of 1953 he was assigned to the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing as commander of the 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron and as commander, moved the squadron from Clovis Air Force Base, NM to Hahn Air Base, Germany. In December of 1954 he was made commander of the 36th Fighter Day Group at Bitburg, Germany. 
While in Europe, he participated as captain of a gunnery team in the United States Air Forces in Europe gunnery meets and was twice selected as the outstanding captain. During this period, his group was the first USAFE organization to convert from F-86F to F-l00C aircraft. 
In March of 1957 General McGough was assigned to Headquarters Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, VA as chief of the Fighter Division, Directorate of Requirements. In this capacity, he was instrumental in the continued development of the F-105 aircraft and other tactical fighter aircraft being considered as potential weapons for the tactical forces. From May of 1958 to July of 1960 he served as the deputy director for requirements. 
General McGough next attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. In June of 1961 he was assigned as commander of the 4510th Combat Crew Training Group at Luke Air Force Base, AZ. In September of 1963 he became commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing (F-105) at George Air Force Base, CA. The 355th Wing was transferred to McConnell Air Force Base, KS, during the summer of 1964 and during the move remained combat ready. He assumed command of the 835th Air Division at McConnell in June of 1965. 
In July of 1966 General McGough went to Southeast Asia and was assigned as deputy director (out-of-country operations), Tactical Air Control Center, Headquarters Seventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces. In August of 1967 he returned to Headquarters United States Air Force as deputy director of aerospace programs, Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources and in March of 1969 he became director, personnel planning, Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. He assumed command in July of 1970 of the Sixteenth Air Force (U.S. Air Forces in Europe) with headquarters at Torrejon Air Base, Spain and remained there until being named deputy commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in October of 1972. 
General McGough was a command pilot. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster; Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem; the Republic of Vietnam Distinguished Service Order, 2d Class, and the Armed Forces Honor Medal, 1st Class; and the Grand Cross of the Order of Aeronautical Merit (Spain). 
General McGough retired from the United States Air Force in 1975. Edward and Romaine resided in Placitas, NM from 1975 until 1996 when they relocated to Albuquerque. During his time in Placitas, he continued his lifelong commitment to service, working for family, community and state. Edward was instrumental in supporting and developing the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department, including serving as President and obtaining funding to provide equipment and facilities.  Edward was active in Las Placitas Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and in numerous capacities, including planning and construction of the new sanctuary in 1980. In 1981, he ran for the position of State Senator with the New Mexico State Legislature, canvassing his district door-to-door with his wife, Romaine. Edward was elected and served as State Senator from 1982 until 1986, assisting his constituents and colleagues, including planning and implementation of the New Mexico State Permanent Fund. Edward helped military veterans obtain their medical benefits and local students apply to military academies.  Edward was a serious golfer and was a member of the New Mexico Senior Golf Association’s Team that went on to earn the State Championship. Edward was an avid reader who enjoyed topics from fiction to history.
The family would like to express our gratitude to his caregivers, Bernadette Hanway and Yolanda Diaz. Yolanda in particular was our saving grace, caring for him for the last seven years of his life with loving kindness for him and all of us.
Friends may visit on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at French – Wyoming in Albuquerque. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., also at French – Wyoming, followed by a full military funeral at Santa Fé National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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