VFW 1924 Member Profiles
BOB KRONE MILITARY & SPACE BIO SKETCH
Bob's first career was as a Fighter Pilot, Commander, Personnel Director and International Staff Officer in the United States Air Force (1952-1975). He flew the T-33, F-84G, F-84F, F-100D/F, T-39, F-86, F-105D/F in America, Europe and Asia. As Operations Officer and Commander of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F- 105D) he became the first USAF commander in the Southeast Asia Conflict to reach 100 combat missions over North Vietam (3 June 1966). He flew a total of 125 combat missions in SEA and earned the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star and eleven Air Medals. He was Chief of Nuclear Policy for SHAPE, NATO Belgium (1971-1974) and created the first unclassified briefing for “NATO Nuclear Policymaking,” which was the subject of his Ph.D. Dissertation at UCLA (1972). He ended his military career as Director of Personnel at Norton AFB, San Bernardino (1974-1975).
He has stayed in touch with Aerospace by being a member of the NASA sponsored Aerospace Technology Working Group (www.ATWG.org) that sponsored the book Bob Krone, Ph.D., Editor, 2006, Beyond Earth: The Future of Humans in Space, Apogee Space Press. Universe Today judged that to be one of the best space books in 2006 and it led to Bob being a Co-Founder and Provost of The Kepler Space University (www.keplerspaceuniversity.org) that opened its cyberspace doors on 1 January 2010. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, California, is the Secretary of the National Board of Directors of America’s Distinguished Flying Cross Society (www.dfcsociety.org), and active with the Fallbrook, California VFW Post 1924. Major Bob Krone Korat Air Base, Thailand May 1966
Dale was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon his graduation from San Diego State University in June of 1966. He then reported to NAS Pensacola and began flight training in pursuit of Naval aviation wings. ON completion of his training he reported to VMA-214 at El Toro for 5 months of training in the A-4 Skyhawk prior to deploying to Viet Nam. He flew in two squadrons while stationed at Chu Lai airbase, VMA-121 and VMA 211, for a combined total of 199 combat missions. The vast majority of those missions were close air support for the Marines in I Corps. He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, one single mission Air Medal, thirteen Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, and additional campaign ribbons. In addition, Dale also served three months as a forward air controller with the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines west and north of Da Nang. He was in Viet Nam August 1968 through September 1969.
After leaving Viet Nam, he assigned VT-21 at NAS Kingsville, Texas to serve as a flight instructor for advance jet training. After serving 3 years in Texas he was sent back MCAS El Toro VMA-214.
Dale’s military career was cut short in June 1973 due to injuries suffered as a result of ejecting at high speed, 450 knots. The mission was a close air support demonstration for a congressman at the Whiskey Area on Camp Pendleton. While on a weapons run, firing Zuni rockets, the control stick in his A-4 came disconnected from its’ base. Since he was in a 20 degree dive and at 2500 elevation, he had no choice but to eject. It was later determined the aircraft had been retro fitted with some new laser tracking equipment, and as part of the work the stick was removed. The stick was replaced, but the bolt holding it to it’s’ spline was left off. The bolt is not visible to the pilot and was not a pre-flight item. As a result of his injuries he was transferred to the Temporary Disability Retirement list, and retired medically in January 1975.
Dale’s second career was in Real Estate and he spent the next 30+ years managing sales and marketing for builder/developer clients throughout Southern California. He has a Real Estate Broker license and General Contractor license. He is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Dale is a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society and VFW Post 1924.