Retired Feb. 1, 1974. Died May 22, 1997.
Brigadier General Joseph E. Krysakowski is staff judge advocate, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. In this capacity he is legal adviser to the commander in chief and staff of the Strategic Air Command.
General Krysakowski was born in 1915, in Stamford, Conn., where he graduated from Stamford High School. He attended the University of Connecticut Law School for two years; and received a bachelor of arts degree, in 1939, and a bachelor of laws degree, in 1946, from New York University. He did postgraduate work in taxation at Yale University Law School.
His military career began as an aviation cadet at Maxwell Field, Ala., in November 1941. He received his navigator wings at Mather Field, Calif., in May 1942. During World War II, he served with the Troop Carrier Command from 1942 until 1945 as navigator and participated in combat operations, paradrops, and glider tows. He completed two combat tours of duty in the European Theater of Operations which included duty in England, Africa, Italy and France. In November 1944 he returned to the United States and was information and education officer at Bradley Field, Conn. He was relieved from active military service in December 1945 and became a member of the Air Force Reserve.
He practiced law in Stamford, Conn., until he resumed his military career in November 1949 as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and served as legal officer for the First Air Force at Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y. In February 1951 he was transferred to Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colo., as legal officer. During 1952 he attended the Judge Advocate General Course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
He served as staff judge advocate for the 374th Troop Carrier Wing at Tachikawa, Japan, from January 1952 to July 1955; the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., from August 1955 to July 1959; and Hill Air Force Base, Utah, from July 1959 to July 1961.
He then was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, as chief, Appellate Defense Counsel Division, and became chief of the Claims Division. In July 1965 he went to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, at Lindsey Air Station, Germany, where he served as staff judge advocate. In July 1968 he returned to the Office of the Judge Advocate General where he held positions as director of civil law, and assistant judge advocate general.
General Krysakowski became staff judge advocate for Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in March 1970.
General Krysakowski is admitted to practice before all the courts of the State of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Connecticut State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Turkish-American Lawyers Association.
He is a rated aircraft observer and navigator credited with more than 2,500 flying hours and a number of combat missions with the Troop Carrier Command. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.
General Krysakowski's hometown is Norwalk, Conn.
He was promoted to the temporary grade of brigadier general effective Feb. 6, 1970, with date of rank Feb. 1, 1970.