Harold Comstock was born on December 20, 1920, in Fresno, California. He entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on October 10, 1941, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Foster Field, Texas, on July 3, 1942. Lt Comstock joined the 63rd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group at Bridgeport, Connecticut in July 1942, and went with the group to England in January 1943. During World War II, Maj Comstock was credited with the destruction of 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 2 probables and 3 damaged, as well as 3 more on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. He served as Commander of the 63rd Fighter Squadron from July 1944 to January 1945, and then flew with an aerial demonstration team at Hamilton Field, California, until July 1945. His next assignment was as a staff officer at Peterson Field, Colorado, from July 1945 to January 1946, followed by service at the Pentagon until July 1947, when he transferred to Okinawa. Comstock served with the 301st Fighter Wing at Naha AB and then with the 1st Air Division at Kadena AB until December 1948, and then served with the 51st Fighter Group back at Naha AB until August 1949. His next assignment was as an Instructor Pilot with the 3525th Pilot Training Wing at Williams AFB, Arizona, from August 1949 to November 1950, followed by service as a Liaison Officer with the Belgian Air Force at Florennes AB, Belgium, from November 1950 to September 1953. He was Commander of the 389th Fighter-Bomber Squadron of the 366th Fighter-Bomber Group at Alexandria AFB, Louisiana (renamed England AFB in 1955), from September 1953 to August 1956, and then attended Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, from August 1956 to July 1957. Col Comstock was an instructor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, from July 1957 to June 1960, and then served as Director of Reconnaissance with Headquarters Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii, from June 1960 to June 1963. He next served as Commander of the 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, from June 1963 to June 1966, and then served on the staff of Headquarters Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, until July 1969. While serving as Commander of the 481st TFS, Col Comstock deployed with the squadron to Southeast Asia in 1965, and again with the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron while serving with Pacific Air Forces in 1968. His final assignment was as Commander of the 602nd Tactical Air Control Group at Bergstrom AFB, Texas, where he served from July 1969 until his retirement from the Air Force on October 1, 1971. Harold Comstock died on April 3, 2009.
His 7th Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
Colonel Harold E. Comstock distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Senior Controller aboard the Seventh Air Force Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center, on 7 March 1968. On that date, an unexpected improvement in weather conditions over vital North Vietnamese supply routes exposed massive concentrations of vehicles, supplies, and air defense systems. Colonel Comstock reacted immediately, providing and directing a continuous flow of air strikes into the area. Although orbiting hostile territory and working many hours under heavy stress without relief, he effectively controlled the battle, which resulted in extremely heavy losses to hostile forces. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Comstock reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.