Winton R. Close

Recent Address: 15 Hosell Court, Bluffton, SC 29909
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Family Info: Parents: Ralph and Sadie; Wife: Joan; Daughters: Leslie, Tini, Jo, Barbara; Sibling: Ruth
Hometown: Beverly Hills, CA
Date Entered Service: September, 1938
Service Number: 4343A
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron: 678th
Location of Unit: Great Bend, KS (August, 1943)
Missions Flown: 35 in WWII; 21 in Korean Conflict
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Awards: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal
Service Schools: U.S. Army Air Corp Flying School Aug 1938-Aug 1939
MOS: MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Rank Upon Discharge: Maj. Gen.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6353 Big Poison, 42-65270 Big Poison - 2nd Dose
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Date Transferred from the 58th: August, 1945
Date Discharged: June 30, 1968
Post WWII Service: Between 1946 and 1951 General Close served as base executive officer at Kirtland Army Air Field, N.M.; air attaché at Belgrade, Yugoslavia; assistant chief of the Selection Board Secretariat at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and as assistant deputy commander of operations, Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colo., and March Air Force Base, Calif.General Close was named deputy commander of operations for the Fifteenth Air Force in 1951, and from May 1952 until November 1952 he commanded the 98th Bomb Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During the Korean War he participated in 21 combat missions in B-29s.Between November 1952 and Apri11956 the general was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He moved to Castle Air Force Base, Calif., in 1956 as deputy commander, and later commander, of the 93d Bomb Wing. In April 1958 he transferred to Pease Air Force Base, N.H., as commander, 100th Bomb Wing.General Close moved to McCoy Air Force Base, Fla., in July 1959 where he commanded the 321st Bomb Wing until September 1961. He transferred to Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N. Y., in September 1961 as commander, 820th Strategic Aerospace Division. He became deputy director of plans, Strategic Air Command, in November 1963 at Omaha, Neb., and director of plans, SAC, in February 1964. In June 1966, he assumed command of Joint Task Force Two, Sandia Base, N.M. JTF-2 was an all-service test organization serving directly under the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The mission of JTF-2 was to plan, direct and evaluate low-altitude penetration tests using combat aircraft from all services. The task force conducted tests on defensive weapons used against aircraft attacking at low altitude.General Close retired in 1968. A command pilot with more than 7,000 flying hours to his credit, General Close qualified in the B-47, B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.
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Thoughts About the 58th: I believe that I fulfilled my obligations to my country, the Army Air Force, my squadron and to myself.
Comments: General Close passed away May 23, 2008

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