Clarence James Douglas, Jr.
Brigadier General, United States Air Force
GENERAL CLARENCE J. DOUGLAS JR.
Retired February 1, 1975, Died September 1, 2001
Brigadier General Clarence J. Douglas Jr., is commander of the 1st Composite Wing, Headquarters Command, U.S. Air Force, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.
General Douglas was born in Corry, Pennsylvania, in 1924, and graduated from Strong Vincent High School, Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1942. He entered active military service in October 1943 as an aviation cadet and graduated as a navigator with a commission as second lieutenant in December 1944. He continued training as a student officer and obtained an additional rating as radar observer.
From April 1945 to January 1948, he had duties
as crewmember in B-29 aircraft at various air bases in the United States.
In February 1948 he joined the 72d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Ladd
Air Force Base, Alaska, and participated in the
In November 1951 General Douglas entered pilot training and graduated as a multiengine pilot in December 1952. During the next three and one-half years he was executive officer/aircraft commander in the 109th Radar Calibration Squadron and 4713th Radar Evaluation Squadron stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base, New York, establishing radar defense sites and flying simulated attack sorties in B-25 and B-29 aircraft.
Between September 1956 and July 1958, General Douglas attended the University of Pittsburgh under the Air Force Institute of Technology program, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of business administration degree and unique honors as a "university scholar." He next joined the 99th Air Refueling Wing, Westover Air Force Base, Mass., and was assistant operations officer and aircraft commander in KC-135 aircraft.
In September 1960 he entered the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama In July 1961 General Douglas was transferred to Norton Air Force Base, Calif., and headed the Site Activation Branch of the Titan Missile System Program Office. During this tour of duty, he developed special management tools and industrial engineering procedures which materially contributed to cost reductions on the Titan II.
General Douglas graduated from the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces in 1965, concurrently obtaining his master's
degree in business administration from The George Washington University.
In August 1965 he was assigned as a research and
In September 1970 General Douglas assumed duties as chief of staff, United States Taiwan Defense Command. During the next two years he focused on strengthening the Mutual Defense Treaty capabilities through integration of Joint Strategic Objectives Plan and military assistance programs and through the development of valid United States and Republic of China defense doctrine.
General Douglas became commander of the 1st Composite Wing, Headquarters Command, U.S. Air Force, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, in September 1972.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon, and the Order of Cloud and Banner from the Republic of China.
General Douglas' hometown is Erie, Pennsylvania.
He was promoted to the grade of brigadier general
effective Oct. 1, 1970 with date of rank September 28, 1970.
On September 1, 2001, of Haymarket, VA. Husband of Barbara Creighton Douglas; father of Shawn Lamb, Haymarket, VA, James and Jeffrey Douglas, Reston, VA, Stephen Douglas, Paeonian Springs, VA, Robert Douglas, Arlington, VA and Heather Douglas, Lovettsville, VA. Also survived by eight grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA. Services Wednesday, October 10 at 1 p.m. at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA, followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
DOUGLAS, CLARENCE J JR