Interviews of Korean Veterans
- Col. Jack Detour
Daniel; I'll state your questions and then give you my responses.
Q. 1. Did you have previous military experience before the Korean War? When? If interviewee enlisted at time of war, why?
A. I was recalled into active duty for the Korean War after having flown combat in the Pacific during WW II. I think it would be appropriate for me to give you a thumbnail sketch of my military career so you will be better acquainted with who I am. Here it is:
COLONEL JACK L. DETOUR
Born August 1923 in Guide Rock, Nebraska. Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps upon graduating from High School in June 1942.
Completed flight training at La Junta Army Air Base, Colo. Received pilot wings & commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 8 February 1944.
Completed B-25 Combat Crew training at Columbia, S.C. and assigned to 38th Bomb Group, FEAF & 5th Air Force. Flew 29 B-25 Combat Missions out of Nadzab, New Guinea, Lingayen Gulf, Philippines and Okinawa. Flew as Group lead pilot and assigned
as 822nd Squadron Operation Officer and then Assistant 38th Bomb Group Operations Officer. Received a combat promotion to 1st Lieutenant 15 July 1945.
Attended Oregon State University 1946 – 1950 and received a BS. Degree. Taught High School Science for eight months at Benson High School before being recalled to active duty for the Korean War on 1 April 1951. Assigned 816th TCS and flew C-119s out of Ashiya, Japan in support of the Korean War. Promoted to Captain 1 June 1952.
Assigned 314 Troop Carried Wing, 2 Aerial Port Squadron Operations Officer 1953 and then reassigned as 314 Troop Carrier Wing Assistant Operations Officer at Sewart AFB, TN. 1954. Attended Air University, Squadron Officers School Fall 1954. Assigned and instructed at the Air University, Squadron Officers School Maxwell AFB 1955 – 1958.
Assigned 815 Troop Carrier Squadron, flying C-130s from Ashiya AFB, Japan in support of 315 Air Division 1958. Assigned as Operational Plans Officer, 315 Air Division 1959.
Attended Air Command & Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB. AL.1960 - 1961.
Assigned 19th Air Force, Tactical Air Command as Operational Planner 1961 – 1965. Assigned Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB as Operational Plans Officer 1965 – 1968.
Promoted to Major 1964. Promoted to Lt. Colonel 1967.
Assigned 7th Air Force, Saigon Viet Nam as Director Tactics and Combat Systems 1969.
Assigned Head Quarters Air Force/XOXXE Plans, Pentagon Section Head of Middle East/ South Asia & Assistant Division Chief 1970 - 1973. Promoted to Colonel 1970.
Assigned as Designated Commanding Officer (DCO) of Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. Also assigned as CINCPAC Representative and USAF Liaison Officer to Australia with offices in the US Embassy Canberra, Australia 1973 -1979.
Retired from USAF 1 July 1979. Flew as Airline Captain and Corporate Pilot of executive jets internationally until 1999. Still fly a corporate...