Retired July 31, 1963. Died March 3, 2000.
Gorge W. Mundy was born in Cedartown, Ga., in 1905. He graduated from Cedartown High Schoo1 in 1923 and attended Emory University in Georgia the following year.
In 1924, he entered the U.S. Military Academy where he graduated 39th in a class of 261 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Regular Army June 9, 1928.
He entered flying training the same year, completing the primary and basic phases at Brooks Field, Texas. After completing advanced flying training at Kelly Field, Texas, in 1929, he graduated a rated pilot and in October of that year he was assigned to the 3rd Attack Group, Fort Crockett, Galveston, Texas. Today he is a command pilot and jet qualified in the B-57, B-47, B-52 and KC-135 type airplanes.
In the latter part of 1930, General Mundy was assigned to Chanute Field, Ill., where he attended the Air Corps Technical School. Upon graduation in 1931, he was reassigned to the 3rd Attack Group at Galveston, Texas. From January 1935 to November 1936, he was assigned to the 6th Composite Group at Nichols Field, Philippine Islands.
In January 1937, General Mundy rejoined the 3rd Attack Group at Barksdale Field, La., this time as group staff officer. In 1939, be attended the Air Tactical School at Maxwell Field Ala., this time as a group staff officer. In 1939, he attended the Air Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala. Upon completion of this course, he was transferred to the 23rd Demonstration and Test Group at Maxwell Field. The group then moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1940 and to Eglin Field, Fla., in 1941. General Mundy received his first major assignment in September 1941 as commanding officer of the Air Proving Ground at Eglin Field.
In April 1942 he left Eglin Field for George Field, Lawrenceville, Ill., where he commanded a twin engine advanced flying training school. His next assignment was that of commanding officer of a B-26 Flying Training Transition School at Del Rio, Texas, where be remained until June 1944. Following this assignment he took command of the 33rd Flying Training Wing with Headquarters at Waco, Texas. This headquarters comprised all twin engined advanced training aircraft in the Central Flying Training Command, one of three commands in the Army Air Forces Training Command. He then became a student at the Army-Navy Staff College, Washington, D. C., and completed his work there in January 1945.
General Mundy was assigned to the Pacific area in February 1945. He took command of the 39th Bomb Group, VHB, on Guam Island in March of 1945 and completed 22 combat missions in B-29 aircraft. On June 26, 1945, his aircraft was so badly damaged over Nagoya, Japan, by flak that the crew was forced to bail out a short distance off the Japanese coastline where they were subsequently rescued by an American submarine and returned to Guam.
In August of 1945, he took command of the 313th Bomb Wing, VHB, comprising approximately 225 B-29s on Tinian. He moved this wing to Clark Field, Philippine Islands, in January 1946 where he remained until June 1947 at which time he returned to the U.S. and became a student at the National War College in Washington, D.C. General Mundy completed his work at the War College in June 1948 and was assigned first as deputy director and then director of supply, maintenance and services, Headquarters Air Materiel Command, Dayton, Ohio.
Completing his assignment at Air Materiel Command in October 1952, he was assigned as director, Supply and Services in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff-Maintenance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Mundy was next assigned as commander, Second Air Force, one of three Air Forces in the Strategic Air Command. The Second Air Force comprises one-third of the total combat capability of the Strategic Air Command. Included in this capability were 600 B-47s, 100 B-36s, 40 C-124 strategic support aircraft, 480 F-84F fighter bombers and 240 KC-97 air refueling tanker aircraft. In November 1957, General Mundy was reassigned from Headquarters Second Air Force, SAC, to his present assignment as commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.
General Mundy has received the following decorations: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster and Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three battle stars.
He is rated a command pilot, combat observer and technical observer.
General Mundy is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, Rotary Club, and the Methodist Church.
Cabinet making, has own power tools; is avid golfer, shooting in the 80s; likes hunting and fishing.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Rotary Club, member Methodist Church.
OPINIONS, TASTES AND EVALUATIONS
Prefers highly seasoned food such as Mexican food and curries; wears predominantly gray or blue civilian dress.
Has an extensive collection of hi-fi records and a hi-fi set which he built by assembling the components. Likes to travel and has traveled extensively all over the world. Once flew a B-17 around the world.
"Can't saw sawdust".
A firm advocate of physical fitness and keeping himself efficient in the latest type aircraft. Insists on integrity of character and loyalty in all relationships. His Second Air Force regularly placed high in all SAC competitions.