Harry Goldsworthy

Harry E. Goldsworthy was born in Spokane, WA and raised on a farm in eastern Washington. He graduated from Washington State College in 1936 with a reserve commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and entered flight training with the Army Air Corps in 1939. He flew submarine patrol from Puerto Rico and Trinidad and B-25 strafers in the Southwest Pacific in WW II as a squadron and group commander. After occupation duty in Japan, he joined the Strategic Air Command, flying B-29’s and commanded the second wing to be equipped with the B-36 bomber. Later, he served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Air Proving Ground Command, Chief of Staff of the 17th Air Force in Morocco and Libya. He was promoted to Brigadier General while commanding the task force that activated the first Minuteman ICBM wing in Montana. Following this position, he served as the Director of production HQ USAF, Commander of the Aeronautical System Division at Wright-Patterson AFB and Deputy Chief of Staff for Systems and Logistics. He retired in January 1973 with the rank of Lt. General. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with a cluster, the Legion of merit with three clusters, the Air Medal with four clusters and the Distinguished Unit Citation. Harry moved to Riverside in 1990 and was active with the March Field Air Museum and in the building of the chapel at Air Force Village West. He is proceeded in death by his wife of 73 years, Edith Kathyrn. He is survived by two sons, Harry E. of Franklin, TN and James R. of Poulsbo, WA, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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