Capt. Jack Alcure was born in Baltimore to an Army family. He grew up on military posts around the country. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute. His father, an army Colonel, got Jack an appointment to West Point, but Jack joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. He saw combat throughout World War II, flying P-40s as well as other aircraft. He was a prisoner of war for a short time in North Africa. After the war, he flew in "Operation Vittles," the Berlin airlift campaign. Jack joined Seaboard & Western in 1951, during the Korean War. He was initially based in Los Angeles but after a short time was back in New York. He and his wife, Joan, moved to Westport, Conn. in the 1950s. They had two daughters. He also had a son from a previous relationship.