William D. Greenfield
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. William D. Greenfield passed away on Thursday, May 19, in Colorado Springs, with his loving wife at his bedside.Greenfield was born in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 15, 1914, to Dr. and Mrs. Earl S. Greenfield. He graduated from Oakwood High School in Dayton, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1936 and from the Air War College. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1940 after completing advanced flying schools at Randolph and Kelly Fields, Texas. In 1941, he and 11 other pilots were sent on a secret mission to England to learn to fly Spitfires with the Royal Air Force. After Pearl Harbor, he was sent to the southwest Pacific (New Guinea) where he flew combat missions against the Japanese. In 1942, he took command of the 313th Fighter Squadron at the Army Air Force Tactical School in Orlando, Fla. Later he assumed command of the 50th Fighter Group in the 9th Air Force. He led his fighter group in the first fighter cover for the first wave of landing forces on the Normandy beachhead. After returning to civilian status in October 1945, he flew for Trans World Airlines and held the rank of colonel in the inactive reserves. In July 1946, he accepted a regular commission in the Army Air Force. Over the next 25 years, he was stationed at many bases from Maine to Colorado, and overseas in Venezuela and Morocco. His final major command was as commander of the 10th Air Force in Kansas City, Mo. He returned to Colorado Springs in 1970 as head of operations at Air Defense Command and NORAD. He retired May 1, 1970, and continued to live in Colorado Springs until his death. His military decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal, Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium), the Croix de Guerre (France) and the Air Force Cross (Venezuela).Greenfield married Nancy Clark Pribe of Cincinnati in October 1942. Greenfield is survived by his wife, Nancy; children Dr. William D. (Joan Strouse) Greenfield Jr., of Portland, Ore., Linda (David) Sturges, of Glenwood Springs, and Ann Greenfield, of West Concord, Mass.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian G. Runyon. A private interment took place before the memorial service on May 25 at Broadmoor Community Church in Colorado Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3624 or a charity of your choice.
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