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Henry Harley Arnold


Became "chief of the Army Air Forces on June 30, 1941, and that December he got a third star. When the War Department General Staff was organized in March 1942 Arnold became commanding general of Army Air Forces. Prior to and all during World War II, he directed air activities for the nation's global war against Germany and Japan. Under him the air arm grew from 22,000 officers and men with 3,900 planes to nearly 2,500,000 men and 75,000 aircraft. Early in 1943 Arnold made a 35,000-mile tour of North Africa, Middle East, India and China, and attended the Casablanca Conferences. In March 1943 he was promoted to four-star general. He suffered a heart attack in 1945 as the war drew to a close, attributed by his doctors to overwork. "
(Source: U.S. Air Force Biographical Dictionary by Flint O. DuPre, Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve)



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Event Location Date
Born Gladwyne, PA, USA 25 June 1886
Enlisted 1907
Buried 1950

Plot: Section 34, Grave 44-A

Died Sonoma, California, USA 15 January 1950


Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 20:08:29 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 38.

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2020 00:48:34 decwriter Changes to middlename, service number and awards

NARA files verified DSM w/2 oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit and Air Medal. His DFC was earned prior to World War II.

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 14:43:30 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography and events

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