William John Gleeson – Captain, United States Air Force

The following information was submited by his loving grandson, William Morgan. Thanks Bill.

Born January 18, 1914, Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of William Francis Gleeson and Ann Jackson, William John Gleeson attended parochial schools in Jersey City, and graduated from Jersey City State College with degree in education in 1937.

He taught in the last one-room schoolhouse in the state (at Leonardo), and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942, with boot camp at Biloxi, Mississippi; photo technical school at Lowry Field, Colorado; photo technical unit McCoy Field, Orlando, Florida; occupation forces in Japan after World War II; military attache, American Embassy, Athens, Greece, 1949-1952; Craig Air Forace Base, Selma, Alabama, 1952-1954; Manston RAFB, Kent, England, 1954-1956; Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1956-60; he retired in Orlando, with the rank of Master Sergeant; entered U.S. Air force Reserves, with the rank of Captain; educator Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, Florida); died at Walter Reed Military Hospital, August 6, 1967; buried in Arlington National Cemetery near the McClellan Arch.

Married June 26, 1943, in Jersey City, NJ, to Ruth Inez Norton (1919-1995), daughter of Thomas Joseph Norton and Elizabeth Lillian Irving, of that city. Four children: Roberta, Lieutenant Colonel, USANC; Mary, Captain W.C. Schillinger, USAF; Leigh Anne (named for General Leigh Wade, who is also buried at Arlington and was Gleeson’s commander in Orlando and Greece), who married Lieutenant Colonel W.S. Morgan, USAF; and Bill Gleeson.

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