Elmer W. Guenther, Jr.


Preferred Name: Gus

Nickname/Call Sign: Gus

Date Of Birth: February 9, 1932

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6

Hometown: Versailles, MO

Biography

I enjoyed the year of combat in the F 100 and considered it my best assignment.

Units Assigned

  • 1952 Aviation Cadet 54 ABC Lackland AFB Pre Flight
  • 1953 Kinston, NC Primary (PA 18, T-6)
  • 1953 Greenville, Miss (T-28)
  • 1953 James Connelley AFB, Waco, TX (T-33)
  • 1954 Lead-in gunnery training, Laughlin AFB Del Rio, TX, (AT-33)
  • 1954 Gunnery school, Luke AFB, AZ  (F-84 E/G)
  • 1954 Air and Ground Controller,K 47/K55 Korea (T-6)
  • 1955 Etazuke AFB, Japan (F-86F)
  • 1957 Tinker, AFB, OK (F 84, F-100)
  • 1959 Instructor Pilot, Luke AFB, AZ (F 100)
  • 1962 Dhahran AFB, Saudi Arabia (F-86F)
  • 1963 Instructor & instructor upgrading, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1967-68 Phan Rang AFB Viet Nam (F-100, 317 combat missions)
  • 1968-1971 Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 & Staff Puke)
  • 1971-1973 Davis Monthan AFB,  AZ (A-7D)
  • 1973-1976 Logistics staff officer, Langley AFB, MD
  • 1976-1979 Selfridge ANGB (F-100, A-7D)
  • 1979-1983 9th AF Director of Reserve Force Readiness, Shaw AFB,SC  (A-10)

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Medal (with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star)

Flight Info

PA-18
T-6
T-28
T-33
F-84 E/G
F-86 F
F-100
A-7 D
A-10

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • College BS Degree
Biography

Biography

I enjoyed the year of combat in the F 100 and considered it my best assignment.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1952 Aviation Cadet 54 ABC Lackland AFB Pre Flight
  • 1953 Kinston, NC Primary (PA 18, T-6)
  • 1953 Greenville, Miss (T-28)
  • 1953 James Connelley AFB, Waco, TX (T-33)
  • 1954 Lead-in gunnery training, Laughlin AFB Del Rio, TX, (AT-33)
  • 1954 Gunnery school, Luke AFB, AZ  (F-84 E/G)
  • 1954 Air and Ground Controller,K 47/K55 Korea (T-6)
  • 1955 Etazuke AFB, Japan (F-86F)
  • 1957 Tinker, AFB, OK (F 84, F-100)
  • 1959 Instructor Pilot, Luke AFB, AZ (F 100)
  • 1962 Dhahran AFB, Saudi Arabia (F-86F)
  • 1963 Instructor & instructor upgrading, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1967-68 Phan Rang AFB Viet Nam (F-100, 317 combat missions)
  • 1968-1971 Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 & Staff Puke)
  • 1971-1973 Davis Monthan AFB,  AZ (A-7D)
  • 1973-1976 Logistics staff officer, Langley AFB, MD
  • 1976-1979 Selfridge ANGB (F-100, A-7D)
  • 1979-1983 9th AF Director of Reserve Force Readiness, Shaw AFB,SC  (A-10)

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Medal (with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star)

Flight Info

PA-18
T-6
T-28
T-33
F-84 E/G
F-86 F
F-100
A-7 D
A-10

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • College BS Degree
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