Maj. Gen. James E. McInerney, Jr. (USAF, Ret.), died on October 14, 2014. He was born in Springfield, Mass, on Aug. 30, 1930.
He entered West Point in 1848, having served previously with the 82d Airborne Division. At West Point, he was captain of the boxing team and Eastern Intercollegiate light-heavy weight champion. following graduation he attended flight school. He flew the F-86 in Korea.
In 1960, he was assigned to the Military Air Transport Service, where he ferried many fighter aircraft. He then went to Princeton University, where he earned an MA in aeronautical engineering and later was assigned to the R&D section of the USAF Fighter weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nevada. He later earned an mA in international relations from GWU.
In 1963, he was assigned to the RAF staff college at Bracknell, England. By 1967, Lt. Col. McInerney took command of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, in the Southeast Asia War. He led the famous "Wild Weasel" flights, suppressing North Vietnamese air defenses. Through his leadership and training, the Weasels were very successful. McInerney personally destroyed seventeen SAM sites.
Among his decorations are the Air Force Cross, three...