Brigadier General William Donald Curry Jr. was born in Minneapolis in 1926. He entered the service from Marshalltown, IA, during WWII and served as a B-24 Crew Chief until entering the US Military Academy. Upon graduation in 1950, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He has a master of science degree in international relations from The George Washington University and is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College.
He began his career during the Korean War flying in a combat tour in the F-51 Mustang. From 1959 to 1966, he served in the Strategic Air Command as a B-47 Aircraft Commander and Operations Staff Officer.
In 1966 BGen Curry joined the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, in 1968. While there he flew a combat tour as an F-4 Squadron Commander. A second Southeast Asia combat tour was completed in 1973. During this tour he served as Commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat AB, Thailand, flying the A-7D Corsair II.
Other assignments include a tour as Deputy Chief, Joint Chiefs of Staff Matters, Global Plains and Policy Division, Directorate of Plains, Headquarters USAF; Vice Commander and Commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at MBAFB, SC; Assistant Deputy and Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Headquarters
Tactical Air Command; Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing; and Commander, Tactical Training Davis-Monthan, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and assumed Command of the Defense General Supply Center, Defense Logistics Agency, in Richmond, Va., in July 1978.
BGen Curry is a command pilot with 5,300 flying hours. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal.
BGen Curry retired from the Air Force in 1980 and passed away in April 2013.