John Cox spent over 16 months and flew 33 combat missions from Saipan in the Mariannas to Japan. Although the battles to control the Pacific Islands were long and bloody, once the islands were taken it fell to sea power and air power to topple the Japanese Empire. No invasion was necessary and many American lives were spared because, for the first time in history, air power soundly defeated an enemy. The lessons learned in the B29 air campaign were not used effectively until 2002 in Afghanistan. John separated from the service in early December 1945. He married childhood friend Dixie and raised 2 daughters and a son in California. He attended USC on the GI Bill. He studied Electrical Engineering obtaining his Electrical Engineering degree in 1949 and Master of Science in 1952. He went on to work for Rockwell in servo mechanisms. John continues to fly. He is the Treasurer of the Flying Club at Fullerton Airport in Fullerton, California, and a flying instructor.