Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Major General Joseph J. Kruzel
General Kruzel served a the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as Vice Commander and then Commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing during the period July 1961 to April 1963. He graduated from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1939 and entered the Air Corps in Army May 1940.
After completing pilot training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and assigned to the Far East. When World War II began, he flew P-40 fighter combat missions from bases in the Philippines, Northern Australia and Java against the Japanese Air Force.
He logged more than 175 combat hours flying against Japanese fighter aircraft and shot down at least one Japanese Zero.
In November 1943, he went to England where he flew the P-47 and P-51 fighter aircraft. During this combat tour in the European Theater, he shot down four German fighter aircraft which, coupled with the kill of the Japanese fighter made him a World War II Fighter Ace.
Other important assignments carried out by General Kruzel included Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, and Director of Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force.
His military decorations include the Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three
Location. 33° 39.814′ N, 78° 56.285′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway, on the right when traveling north on Howard Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Market Common. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Robert P. "Pancho" Pasqualicchio (here, next to this marker); Chief Master Sergeant James Cope (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General Robert G. Jenkins (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Master Sergeant Jimmy E. Davis (about 400 feet away); Brigadier General Joel T. Hall (about 500 feet away); Hoyt L. Hendrick (about 500 feet away); Colonel Charles E Cook, Jr. (about 500 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel William H. Rutherford (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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