Wednesday, November 19, 2014

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: "Tac" Officer Lt. J. Edward Lorenz

Dad's military scrapbook has this photograph of one of his instructors at navigator school at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas (class 52-05, August 12, 1951 through April 11, 1952):

It took a little digging, but I believe this is J. Edward Lorenz, born about 1924-1925 in Illinois to Edward and Helen Lorenz.  I found the family in Belleville, Illinois, on the 1930 and 1940 Censuses - J. Edward is the oldest child.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  He married Carla June Schoenstein (1927-1982) of East St. Louis, Illinois, in Belleville on August 20, 1949.  A graduate of St. Louis University, he was commissioned in 1950, and was then stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio for pilot training.  He then went to Ellington Air Force Base, where his oldest son, Stephen Randolph Lorenz (who recently retired from the Air Force at the rank of general), was born in October 1951.  He and Carla also had a daughter, Julie, and another son, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Scott Lorenz.

J. Edward Lorenz later flew in combat during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  In 1971, he wrote an Air War College research report entitled, "The Air Force Navigator."  About 1984, he married widow Bettie Jean Collins Wroe (1925-2013).  As of July 21, 2010, J. Edward Lorenz was retired from the Air Force with the rank of colonel and now lives (I believe) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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