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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1938


(Born Pa.)

Louis Edward Coira

(Ap'd Pa.)


(Born Apr. 25, 1916, Bloomsburg, Pa.)

Military History. — Cadet U. S. M. A., July 2, 1934 to June 14, 1938, appointed

(2d Lt., F. A.)

At Randolph Field, Tex., student off., A. C. Primary Flying School, Sept. 15, 1938 to May 31, 1939; at Kelly Field, Tex., student off., A. C. Advanced Flying School, to Aug. 25, 1939;

(Trfd to A. C., Aug. 25, 1939)

at Kelly Field, Tex., Flying Instr., sec. I, A. C. Advanced Flying School, to ––––

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History. — Kelly Fld Tex, Flt Instr ACAFS, Aug 39‑

(1 Lt AUS 9 Sep 40)

Apr 41; France Fld CZ, PCD Opns Off and comdg 39 Obsn Sq CAF, May‑

(1 Lt AC 14 Jun 41)

(Capt AUS 10 Oct 41)

Nov 41; comdg Hq and Hq Sq 6 Bmb Gp CAF, ‑Jan 42; Salinas, Ecuador, PCD, comdg 20 Bmb Sq CAF,

(Maj AUS AC 1 Feb 42)

Nov 42; Albrook Fld CZ, PCD, comdg 6 Bmb Gp 20 AF, Dec 42‑

(Lt Col AUS AC 30 Jan 43)

May 43; Pratt AAF Fld Kan, Dpty CO 40 Bmb Gp 20 Bmb Comd 20 AF, Jun 43-Jan 44; Actg CO 40 Bmb Gp 20 Bmb Comd 20 AF, ‑Apr 44; CBI, Dpty CO 40 Bmb Gp 20 Bmb Comd 20 AF, May‑Aug 44; Hq 20 Bmb Comd 20 AF, Sep 44‑

(Col AUS AC 23 Jun 44)


Jul 45; SWPA, Hq 8 AF USSTAF, ‑Sep 45; Stewart Fld NY, Dir Tng and Opns, Nov 45‑46; Maxwell AFB Ala, Stu AirU, Aug 46-Jun 47; Washington DC, Tng Div Hq USAF, Jul 47‑

(Lt Col USAF 1 Jul 48)​a

Died Oct. 11, 2009, San Antonio, Tex.: Aged 93.​b

Buried, Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, San Antonio, TX.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a Louis Coira continued in military service for twenty years after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. For the remainder of his career, see the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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b The date and place of Louis Coira's death are from the WPAOG memorial article.

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c The burial information is from a memorial page at

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