Vermont Garrison

Vermont Garrison

War Veteran and Flying Ace
Born Oct 29, 1915

Vermont Garrison was a career officer in the United States Air Force, and an ace with 17.33 credited victories in aerial combat. He was one of only seven Americans to achieve ace status during World War II, then again against jet fighter opposition during the Korean War. In 1966, Garrison participated in his third war, as vice commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, and flew a full tour of bombing and fighter missions over North Vietnam.… Read More

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1915 Birth Born on October 29, 1915.
1918 2 Years Old The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Vermont Garrison, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Pilot with the 335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, FIFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Korea on June 5, 1953. … Read More


1933 17 Years Old …  He graduated from Pulaski County Public Schools in 1933, then went on to two years at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College, and earned a teaching certificate after a term at Sue Bennett Junior College in nearby London.


1936 - 1941 2 More Events
On July 13, 1943, Garrison transferred from the RAF to the United States Army Air Forces, receiving a commission as a first lieutenant. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old 1 More Event
A month later, on January 14, 1944, he downed two Focke Wulf Fw 190s, although his claim report for the second kill credited half to Norley. … Read More
1945 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Liberated on May 1, 1945, by Soviet troops, Garrison elected to rejoin his squadron rather than return to the United States.


1946 - 1947 2 More Events
1948 32 Years Old Garrison organized and led a jet aerial demonstration team for the 4th FW, flying P-80 Shooting Stars, and participated in the first official delivery of air mail by jet to celebrate the 30th anniversary of air mail on May 15, 1948. … Read More
1949 33 Years Old In May, 1949, he led the team representing the 4th Fighter Wing at the first Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition at Las Vegas Air Force Base, Nevada, winning the jet portion of the competition.
1950 34 Years Old Garrison's noted gunnery skills and prior instructor experience resulted in his transfer in May 1950 to Las Vegas, now Nellis Air Force Base, where the USAF converted its flying training establishment into the USAF Aircraft Gunnery School. … Read More
1951 35 Years Old At the outbreak of the Korean War, while many experienced fighter pilots deployed to combat, Garrison continued in his combat crew training role at Nellis. He was promoted to major in 1951 and took command of the 3596th CCTS.
1952 36 Years Old The commander of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing (successor to the 4th FG) requested Garrison by name to join the wing, and in November 1952 Garrison went to Kimpo Air Base, Korea, as operations officer of the 335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.
In January 1953, Garrison took command of the 335th FIS. … Read More


1957 41 Years Old Garrison attended the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Senior Officers Course (now the Marine Corps Command and Staff College) at Marine Corps Base Quantico from September 1957 to June 1958, then served a tour at Headquarters USAF in the Pentagon.
1959 43 Years Old Following his return from World War II, Garrison was married to Reatha Mae Cuthbert (1928-1959) of London, Kentucky, until her death in July 1959.
1961 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Later assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, he was promoted to colonel in March 1961. … Read More
1965 49 Years Old In August 1965, Garrison returned to combat for the third time in his career, becoming deputy commander for operations (DCO) of the 405th Fighter Wing at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. … Read More


Shortly after, Garrison moved up to vice commander, and on January 5, 1966, advanced to his first wing command.
1967 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Olds also noted that by 1967 Garrison was: … Read More
1973 57 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple resided in Idaho after his 1973 retirement and raised three daughters and a son.


1994 78 Years Old Garrison died of a heart attack on February 14, 1994, in Mountain Home. … Read More
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