John Thomas Connelly – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force Cental Intelligence Agency

From a contemporary press report:

John Thomas Connelly, 77, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who had flown bombing missions in Europe during World War II and later was attached to the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, died January 24, 1999, at Larkin Chase nursing home in Bowie, Maryland, after a heart attack.

Colonel Connelly served 27 years in the military before retiring in 1968. Then he was was a real estate broker in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties for 22 years.

Colonel Connelly, a resident of Bowie, was born in Schenectady, New York. He began his military career in World War II as an Army Air Forces B-26 pilot and he flew 65 combat bombing missions.

After the war he graduated from the University of Maryland and was air attache at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Other assignments included his CIA and NSA duty and service in Vietnam during the Southeast Asian war.

He settled in the Washington area in 1964.

He worked as a real estate broker with Tidewater Realty and McKee Realty. He was a member of the Prince George’s Board of Realtors. He retired from that work about 1990.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine A. Connelly of Bowie; two children, Mark Connelly of Lake George, New York, and Denise Cogar of Bowie; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 06/30/1942 – 12/31/1967
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/23/1921
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/24/1999
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/03/1999

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