Coulter, John Theron.

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Coulter, John Theron, born on 23-08-1913 in Nettleton, Mississippi, son of Elouia Coulter, enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1931 and transferred to the Air Corps in October 1933. In 1934, he enrolled in pilot training at Randolph Field, Texas , graduating from the Attack Section at Kelly Field in October 1935. He received his wings and second lieutenant’s commission in the Air Force Reserve in 1936. In October 1937 General Coulter was reassigned to Randolph as a primary flight instructor. In 1940 he was transferred to Ontario, Calif., as a primary flying supervisor at the Cal-Aero Academy. One year later he was assigned to the Mira Loma Academy at Oxnard, Calif., as detachment commander. Prior to World War II he joined the 46th Light Bombardment Group  where he held the position of squadron commander, group operations officer, group executive, and acting group commander. In 1942 he assumed command of the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Group  at Charlotte, N.C. In 1943 he reported to the Office of Chief of the Air Corps in Washington, D.C., in the Training Division under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Later he became chief of the Individual Training Division. Following this assignment he was appointed chief of staff for the Pacific Division of the Air Transport Commando  serving in this position through the end of the war. General Coulter attended the first class of the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Field in 1946. After graduation, he was assigned to the Reserve Training Center at Long Beach, Calif., as deputy commander. General Coulter joined the Berlin Airlift Task Force  in December 1948, as group commander of the 60th Troop Carrier Group.  Three weeks later he became wing commander of the 60th Troop Carrier Wing and commander of the Royal Air Force Station, at Fassberg, Germany. When the wing and base were deactivated after the airlift, General Coulter was named assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, Headquarters, USAFE.  He stayed at USAFE headquarters in Wiesbaden until June 1951 then attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Following his graduation from the War College he went to Washington, D.C. to a position in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations & Plans in the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. In October 1955, General Coulter joined the Air Defense Command as vice commander of the 85th Air Defense Division, then headquartered at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He was named commander of the 85th Air Division in July 1958. In September he moved to Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Mo., as commander of the 20th Air Division.  He became deputy for personnel, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo., in July of 1959. His next tour, In December 1961, was deputy commandant, NATO Defense College, Paris, France. In August 1963 General Coulter returned to the Air Defense Command as commander of the New York Air Defense Sector at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. General Coulter holds the aeronautical rating of command pilot and has flown the T-33, F-86D and the F-102.

Brigadier General Theron Coulter retired 01-11-1965 and died 13-09-1995, age 82 and General Coulter and his wife, movie star Constance Bennett Coulter.   Constance Bennett married Col. John Theron Coulter (hubby No. 5) inside the Mission Inn’s St, Francis Chapel, days after her divorce was finalized from Gilbert Roland (hubby No. 4). Apparently, Bennett and Coulter had known each other nine months prior to the divorce. The couple are buried in Section 3, Grave 2231, of Arlington National Cemetery.


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