Retired Jan. 1, 1946. Died Aug. 1, 1971.
John Y. York Jr., was born in 1890 at Yorkville, W.Va. He graduated from the University of West Virginia with a bachelor of science degree in 1918, and received the degree of doctor of jurisprudence following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1916. He received the degree of master of business administration from Harvard University 1929. He was appointed a second lieutenant, Aviation Section, Signal Reserve, on Nov. 27, 1917, and first lieutenant (temporary) Air Service, on Aug. 21, 1918. He was commissioned a first lieutenant, Air Service, in the Regular Army on July 1, 1920.
From November 1917 until June 1919 he served successively as student and gunnery officer, Ground Training Schoo1; student and later instructor, Armorers School, Kelly Field and Ellington Field, Texas, and Wilbur Wright Field, Ohio. He then became Air Service representative of the Technical Staff, Ordnance Department, Washington, D.C., until August 1921, when he proceeded to Ross Field, Arcadia, Calif., for duty with Balloon Company No. 13. The following November he entered the Air Service Balloon Observers School, Ross Field, Arcadia, Calif., and graduated in May 1922.
The following June he was ordered to Kindley Field, Fort Mills, Philippine Islands, to join the Balloon Company Coast Defense No. 27. He was transferred to Camp Nichols, Rizal, Philippine Islands, in September 1922, and in April 1923 became post ordnance and armament officer at Camp Nichols. He joined the 28th Bombardment Squadron, Camp Nichols, in July 1923. Returning to the United States he attended the Air Service Primary Flying School, Brooks Field, Texas, from September 1924 until April 1925; then became adjutant, 10th School Group, Kelly Field, Texas.
In September 1925 he entered the Air Service Balloon and Airship School, Scott Field, Belleville, Ill., and graduated in June 1926. The following September he entered the Army Industrial College, Washington, D.C. and following his graduation in June 1927 was assigned to Scott Field, Ill., for a brief tour of duty. He enrolled in the Harvard School of Business Administration in September 1927, and upon completing the course in June 1929 received the degree of master of business administration.
He then became chief, Requirements Branch, Industrial War Plans Section, Air Corps Materiel Division, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, in July 1929. He became chief, Production Planning Branch, Industrial War Plans Section, Air Corps Materiel Division, in August 1931. In November 1933 he was named procurement planning representative, New York District, Industrial War Plans Section, Air Corps Materiel Division, until February 1934, when he became an instructor at the Army Industrial College, Washington, D.C.