Raymond B. Kleber


Preferred Name: Raymond
Nickname/Call Sign: Eagle Eye
Date Of Birth: April 4, 1925
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6
Hometown: Aliquippa, PA

Biography

I worked as a line boy earning my flight instruction in late 1938, then soloed in a J-3 Piper Cub on August 28, 1941. I then joined Civil Air Patrol on December 1, 1941, and earned my Private Pilot License #222367 on June 30, 1943, while awaiting slot in the Cadet Program.
In 1969, while stationed at the Wasserkuppe  I learned to fly gliders. After 39 years (as of 2008), I’ve earned my Gold Badge and the 3 Diamonds, Number 984 for Goal, Distance and Altitude Gain. I am still with the Civil Air Patrol and earned the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for over 64 years of accident-free flying. I still actively fly as tow pilot and have for the past 40 years. I fly my own sailplane with the North Carolina Soaring Assn.
I’m an active volunteer at the SJAFB Pharmacy for past 24 years, a Red Cross volunteer and donor of 144 pts of blood, a member of MOAA, Knights of Columbus, Daedalians and Soaring Society of America.

I’m a Command Pilot Wings with over 6,000 hours in 27 different military aircraft; Over 500 Combat Hours in 302 missions covering both South & North of the DMZ; Basic Jump Wings, and the German Monkeys Tail for Marksmanship in Bronze,(that what this award was called). I’ve also flown 50 different power and glider aircraft prior to and after leaving service for another 2,000 + hours and continue to fly to this day.
On December 10, 2014, I was invited to the Nations Capitol to receive The Congressional Gold Medal for service in the Civil Air Patrol.. This award is 238 years old and has been presented to only 154 recipients during that time. It is the highest award Congress can give to a civilian.

Units Assigned

  • 2/25/1943, Enlisted in Aviation Cadet Program. Graduated in Class 45A. (PT-13, BT-13A, T-6D/F, P-40N)
  • 1946-1947 309th Squadron, 31st Fighter Group Giebelstadt & Kitzingen, GE (P-51D)
  • 1947-1949 82nd Fighter Group, 96th Fighter Squadron, Grenier Field, Manchester, NH (P-51D/H)
  • 1949-1950 3rd Liaison Flight, Lawson Field, Ft Benning, GA (L-13A, C-45)
  • 1950-1951 Task Force 3.4.6. Four Atomic Tests, Project Green House, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands (L-13A, L-5A)
  • 1951-1953 120th Fighter Wing/50th Fighter Wing, 187th & 81st Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM (P-51D, T-33, T-11, F-86F). Champs in last conventional Gunnery Meet.
  • Jet Transition School & Instrument Pilot Instructors School Valdosta, GA
  • 1953-1955 50th Fighter Wing, 81st Fighter Squadron, Hahn AB, Germany (F-86F, T-33A)
  • 1955-1956 Fighter Ops Staff, 12th Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany (T-33A, F-86F)
  • 1956-1959 36th Fighter Wing, 32nd Fighter Day Squadron, Soesterberg AB, Netherlands (F-86F, F-100C, T-33A)
  • 1959-1962 NORAD SAGE at Topshan AFS, IND, WD, SWD & SD (T-33A)
  • 1962-1963 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, 481st Fighter Squadron & 524th Fighter Squadron (F-100D/F)
  • 1963 -1967 JUSMMAT, Ankara Turkey, F-100 advisor to Turkish Air Force & Requirements Officer (F-100D/F, T-39, C-47, C-54)
  • 1967-1968 37th Fighter Wing, 612th Fighter Squadron Cmdr, Phu Cat, RVN (F-100D/F)
  • 1969-1973 616th AC&W Cmdr, Wasserkuppe, GE (T-39)
  • 1973-1975 4th Fighter Wing, Base Cmdr, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC.

Awards & Decorations

 Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Bronze Star Medal
 Air Medal (with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Joint Service Commendation Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Presidential Unit Citation
 Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and Valor Device)
 Combat Readiness Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Army Good Conduct Medal
 World War II Victory Medal
 Army of Occupation Medal
 National Defense Service Medal
 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
 Air Force Longevity Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Armed Forces Reserve Medal
 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
 Vietnam Service Medal
 Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
German Monkeys Tail for Marksmanship in Bronze

Flight Info

PT-13
BT-13 A
T-6 D/F
P-40 N
P-51 D/H
L-13A
C-45
L-5A
T-33 A
T-11
F-86 F
F-100 C/D/F
T-39
C-47
C-54

  • Command Pilot Wings with over 6,000 hours in 27 different military aircraft;
  • Over 500 Combat Hours in 302 missions covering both South & North of the DMZ

Military Education

  • Command & Staff via correspondence,
  • School of Land Air Warfare England.
  • Phd in cockpit awarded by letter from General Curt LeMay, 1958.

Civilian Education

  • Some College
Biography

Biography

I worked as a line boy earning my flight instruction in late 1938, then soloed in a J-3 Piper Cub on August 28, 1941. I then joined Civil Air Patrol on December 1, 1941, and earned my Private Pilot License #222367 on June 30, 1943, while awaiting slot in the Cadet Program.
In 1969, while stationed at the Wasserkuppe  I learned to fly gliders. After 39 years (as of 2008), I’ve earned my Gold Badge and the 3 Diamonds, Number 984 for Goal, Distance and Altitude Gain. I am still with the Civil Air Patrol and earned the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for over 64 years of accident-free flying. I still actively fly as tow pilot and have for the past 40 years. I fly my own sailplane with the North Carolina Soaring Assn.
I’m an active volunteer at the SJAFB Pharmacy for past 24 years, a Red Cross volunteer and donor of 144 pts of blood, a member of MOAA, Knights of Columbus, Daedalians and Soaring Society of America.

I’m a Command Pilot Wings with over 6,000 hours in 27 different military aircraft; Over 500 Combat Hours in 302 missions covering both South & North of the DMZ; Basic Jump Wings, and the German Monkeys Tail for Marksmanship in Bronze,(that what this award was called). I’ve also flown 50 different power and glider aircraft prior to and after leaving service for another 2,000 + hours and continue to fly to this day.
On December 10, 2014, I was invited to the Nations Capitol to receive The Congressional Gold Medal for service in the Civil Air Patrol.. This award is 238 years old and has been presented to only 154 recipients during that time. It is the highest award Congress can give to a civilian.
Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 2/25/1943, Enlisted in Aviation Cadet Program. Graduated in Class 45A. (PT-13, BT-13A, T-6D/F, P-40N)
  • 1946-1947 309th Squadron, 31st Fighter Group Giebelstadt & Kitzingen, GE (P-51D)
  • 1947-1949 82nd Fighter Group, 96th Fighter Squadron, Grenier Field, Manchester, NH (P-51D/H)
  • 1949-1950 3rd Liaison Flight, Lawson Field, Ft Benning, GA (L-13A, C-45)
  • 1950-1951 Task Force 3.4.6. Four Atomic Tests, Project Green House, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands (L-13A, L-5A)
  • 1951-1953 120th Fighter Wing/50th Fighter Wing, 187th & 81st Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM (P-51D, T-33, T-11, F-86F). Champs in last conventional Gunnery Meet.
  • Jet Transition School & Instrument Pilot Instructors School Valdosta, GA
  • 1953-1955 50th Fighter Wing, 81st Fighter Squadron, Hahn AB, Germany (F-86F, T-33A)
  • 1955-1956 Fighter Ops Staff, 12th Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany (T-33A, F-86F)
  • 1956-1959 36th Fighter Wing, 32nd Fighter Day Squadron, Soesterberg AB, Netherlands (F-86F, F-100C, T-33A)
  • 1959-1962 NORAD SAGE at Topshan AFS, IND, WD, SWD & SD (T-33A)
  • 1962-1963 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, 481st Fighter Squadron & 524th Fighter Squadron (F-100D/F)
  • 1963 -1967 JUSMMAT, Ankara Turkey, F-100 advisor to Turkish Air Force & Requirements Officer (F-100D/F, T-39, C-47, C-54)
  • 1967-1968 37th Fighter Wing, 612th Fighter Squadron Cmdr, Phu Cat, RVN (F-100D/F)
  • 1969-1973 616th AC&W Cmdr, Wasserkuppe, GE (T-39)
  • 1973-1975 4th Fighter Wing, Base Cmdr, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC.

Awards & Decorations

 Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Bronze Star Medal
 Air Medal (with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Joint Service Commendation Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Presidential Unit Citation
 Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and Valor Device)
 Combat Readiness Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Army Good Conduct Medal
 World War II Victory Medal
 Army of Occupation Medal
 National Defense Service Medal
 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
 Air Force Longevity Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Armed Forces Reserve Medal
 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
 Vietnam Service Medal
 Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
German Monkeys Tail for Marksmanship in Bronze

Flight Info

PT-13
BT-13 A
T-6 D/F
P-40 N
P-51 D/H
L-13A
C-45
L-5A
T-33 A
T-11
F-86 F
F-100 C/D/F
T-39
C-47
C-54

  • Command Pilot Wings with over 6,000 hours in 27 different military aircraft;
  • Over 500 Combat Hours in 302 missions covering both South & North of the DMZ

Military Education

  • Command & Staff via correspondence,
  • School of Land Air Warfare England.
  • Phd in cockpit awarded by letter from General Curt LeMay, 1958.

Civilian Education

  • Some College
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