George H. Kerr


George H. Kerr has headed west
Preferred Name: George
Nickname/Call Sign: Shep
Date Of Birth: Unknown
Highest Military Grade Held: Lt. Col.
Hometown: Unknown

Civilian Education

  • Unknown

Units Assigned

  • 1957 Lowry Field, Denver, Co. Served as Upper Classman ATO
  • 1957-1960 Chaumont, France F-100 48th Wing, 493 TFS
  • 1960-62 Lakenheath RAF, England
  • 1960-62 Nellis AFB, NV
  • 1962 Luke AFB AZ 4517th Sq
  • Charter Member of Wild Weasel Squadron
  • 1966 – 69 Nellis AFB, NV
  • July 69-April 70 Vietnam
  • Jun 70-Aug 72 Bitburg, Germany 53rd TFS
  • Aug 72-?? Sembach, Germany
  • Nellis AFB, Nv until May 1976 – retirement

Military Education

  • Unknown

Comments

(Information submitted by Shep’s widow Wimpy Kerr)
I met Shep while he was stationed at Lowry Field in Denver, CO serving as an upper classman ATO in 1957, while the USAF Academy was being formed In Colorado Springs, CO. Shep’s tour of duty ended in the fall and he received his next assignment to Chaumont, France. He flew the F-100, we married in September and both went to Chaumont, arriving on the 8th of December. He was with the 48th FB Wing, 493rd Sq. In May 1959, Shep was chosen to show the F-100 at the Paris Le Bourget Air Show. He was there until June 27th. In February 1960, Charles De Gaulle ordered all military Americans out of France. We were sent to Lakenheath, England. We were only there a few months which ended our overseas assignment.
From there we went to Nellis AFB, NV and stayed there until September 1962.
We were stationed at Luke AFB, AZ with the 4517th Sq. While there he was sent to Eglin, FL and was one of the charter members of the Wild Weasel Squadron.
In May of 1966 it was back to Nellis AFB, NV. We were there until July 1969 when he went to Vietnam until April 1970.
In June 1970 we were transferred to Bitburg, Germany with the 53rd TFS.
August 1972 were sent to Sembach, Germany.
And again, back to Nellis AFB until his retirement in May 1976 as a Lt. Col.
Medals and Awards
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Combat Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Date Bar (1960)
Air Force Longevity Service
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Small Arms Expert

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