Retired Sep. 1, 1966.
John A. Roberts was born in 1917 in Beebe; Ark. He attended Beebe Junior Agricultural College at Beebe, Ark., from September 1935 to June 1937.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps Oct. 12, 1937 and attended the basic and advanced pilot training course. He graduated from Kelly Field, Texas, Oct. 5, 1938, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Corps Reserve and assigned to Randolph Field, Texas.
During World War II General Roberts served in the Pacific Theater, flying 143 combat missions and 906 combat hours in B-17s and B-29s and participated in nine campaigns.
Since World War II he has served as comptroller and chief of staff of the Eighth Air Force, Commander of the 19th Air Division, Fort Worth, Texas, and has four times served as commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. Between the tours of duty as commander of the 7th Bomb Wing, General Roberts served as chief of the Strategic Air Division in the director of requirement's office at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, as chief of staff, Fifth Air Force, Headquarters Far East Air Forces, and attended the National War College.
He attended B-52 training at Castle Air Force Base while commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Carswell Air Force Base. General Roberts left the 7th Bomb Wing in January 1959 to become commander of the 4th Air Division at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., being promoted to brigadier general in August 1961.
General Roberts has been awarded the Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Graduate Clinton High School, Clinton, Ill., 1935
Attended Beebe Junior Agricultural College, Beebe, Ark., 1935 1937
Basic and Advanced Pilot School, 1938
Air Command and Staff School, 1947
National War College, 1957
B-52 Combat Crew Training (Staff) Course, 1958
He is an avid fisherman and hunter, and loves to bowl.
Member of the Methodist Church.
1. Oct 37 - Oct 38 Aviation Cadet, Randolph and Kelly fields, Texas
2. Oct 38 Oct 39 Airplane commander, Wheeler Field, Hawaii
3. Nov 39 - Nov 41 Operations officer, 7th Bomb Group, Hamilton Field, Salt Lake City, Utah
4. Dec 41 - Nov 43 Commander, 43d Bomb Group, New Guinea
5. Dec 43 - Nov 45 Commander, 19th Bomb Group, Guam
6. 46 - 47 Student, Air Command and Staff School, Maxwell Field, Ala.
7. 47 - 48 Chief of staff, 8th Air Force, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
8. 48 - Oct 51 Commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
9. Oct 51 - Apr 52 Acting commander, 19th Air Division, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
10. Apr 52 Jan 53 Commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
11. Jan 53 Apr 53 Special assistant to commanding general, 8th Air Force, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
12. Apr 53 Jul 53 Assistant chief, Strategic Air Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. Jul 53 Jun 54 Chief, Strategic Air Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. Jun 54 Aug 56 Chief of staff, Headquarters 5th Air Force, Nagoya Air Base, Japan
15. Aug 56 Jun 57 Student officer, National War College, Washington, D.C.
16. Jun 57 Feb 58 Commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
17. Feb 58 - Apr 58 Combat Crew Training School, Castle Air Force Base, Calif.
18. Apr 58 - Jan 59 Commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
19. Jan 59 - Jul 63 Commander, 4th Air Division, Barksdale Air Force Base, La
20. July 1963 - Present Commander, 40 Air Division, Strategic Air Command, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mich.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oakleaf cluster
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Unit Citation with four oak leaf clusters
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with silver star and three Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Philippine Defense Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five oak leaf clusters
Order of Military Merit Ulchi with Silver Star (Republic of Korea)
United Nations Service Medal