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Fred Grob received a letter and photo from George Johns. George’s architectural practice grew to 50 architects in six offices plus five other successful companies (in interiors, development projects, etc.). Two of his standout projects include (1) winning the ASHRAE national competition for the most energy-efficient school in America, and (2) sharing a contract with Nigeria’s largest architectural firm to design the country’s first pentagon for the entire military, and a national education technology center that included all TV, radio, media, and a national library.
George also had a distinguished military career, serving in WWII and the Korean War. A USMC captain and fighter pilot, he flew over 250 combat missions in four combat tours and is the recipient of four Distinguished Flying Crosses and seven Air Medals. During the Korean War his plane crashed in the mountains and his squadron assumed he had perished. However, he was rescued, and spent four months in the hospital and was listed as Missing in Action. In 2003 he was recognized by the Naval Aviation Commandery with the John Henry Towers award for “his courage and love of our country.” He was the only USMC Reserve officer to have received this honor.
George was close friends with Bob Jaros, and they, along with their wives, enjoyed a dinner a few years ago where they shared many laughs reviewing past escapades. He sent a photo of four couples enjoying the graduation ball at the Crooked Lake Hotel, June 10, 1949.
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