RE: General Kristofferson
My search for a comprehensive bio on this elusive General continues, but I did receive an email from AFHSO Research today with some nuggets of info that I thought I would share. At some point in the past someone here suggested contacting Vicky Crone, Librarian, Bolling AFB who was or had assembled a bio. I was advised that Ms. Crone had left the organization and left no such document on the General. Here is what they had to say:
"His name was Henry C. Kristofferson. After WWII General Kristofferson left active duty in the Air Force for private life, however, he remained the USAF Reserves. During the Korean War, General Kristofferson was activated to take charge of air transportation on the west coast for the Military Air Transport Service, Pacific Division. During WWII he had been very instrumental in the smooth operation of the North African Division of the Air Transport Division. During the time he was activated for the Korean War he wrote a study on the Air Transport Service known as, The Kristofferson Report."
Another source (Pomona College Magazine Online, Winter 2004), based on an interview of the General's son, Kris Kristofferson, in which he states that his father's name was, 'Henry Kristoffer Kristofferson who became a commercial pilot and then an airline pilot after retiring from the Air Force as a Major General. They moved several times before settling in the upscale Northern California community of San Mateo.'
Online I also found a few more tidbits of the General. 'Lars Henry Kristoffer Kristofferson was born August 16, 1905, Tacoma, WA. He died in Fallbrook, CA. He did not give his children middle names because he disliked having such a long name. The General was married to Mary Ann Ashbrook of Columbus Barracks, OH. They had three children, Kris, Karen and Kraig'.
The oldest son Kris was born in Brownsville, TX in June 1936....part of my curiosity for the General's bio was what may have caused him to be assigned in or near Brownsville while on active duty. What was his mission there?
Anyway, the search for an in-depth bio on the General continues. I would appreciate any additional information any of you may come across in the future and likewise, if I come across anything substantial I will post it here.
I've asked about acquiring a copy of the 'Kristofferson Report'.
Son of Cpl Charles Caldwell, Radio Operator/Radio Mechanic, B-24 flightline, Harlingen AAF, TX