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Gen Hunter Harris, Jr
Birth: Nov. 27, 1909
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 5, 1987
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

US Air Force General. He was born at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), Texas, the son of an Army officer. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Georgia before being appointed to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated with a commission as a second lieutenant of Infantry on June 10, 1932, and was then detailed to the Army Air Corps for pilot flight training at Randolph Field (now Randolph Air Force Base) and Kelly Field (now Kelly Air Force Base), Texas. He received his pilot wing in October 1933 and in 1934, he was assigned to March Field (now march Air Reserve Base), California, performing a variety of group and squadron positions. In March 1937, he was sent to Nichols Field, Philippine Islands, where he performed duty with the 28th Bomb Squadron, later serving at Clark Field there. In March 1940, he was transferred to Boling Field (now Bolling Air Force Base), Washington DC, and in December 1941, he became the assistant operations officer with the Army Air Corps Combat Command Headquarters there. He was then assigned to the War Department General Staff in March 1942, and the following October he assumed command of a B-17 Flying Fortress Provisional Group, and later he became the commander of the 447th Bomb Group. He led the 447th Bomb Group to England in the fall of 1943, and then he assumed command of the 13th Combat Bomb Wing of the 8th Air Force, European Theater, in September 1944, and in December 1944, was assigned as deputy chief of staff for operations of the 3rd Bomber Division of the 8th Air Force. During his service in Europe, he flew 25 combat missions in B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft totaling 200 hours, followed by a few P-51 Mustang missions. In June 1945, he returned to the United States as was assigned as deputy chief, Military Personnel Division, in charge of officer personnel, Headquarters Army Air Force, Washington DC. In August 1947, he was selected to enter the Air War College at Maxwell Field (now Maxwell Air Force Base), Alabama, graduating in June 1948. He was then assigned as the Air Force deputy commander, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, Sandia Base, New Mexico. In January 1950, he assumed command of the 509th Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force, at Walker Air Force Base (now closed), New Mexico, and was appointed the commanding general, 47th Air Division there in January 1951. In January 1952, he was assigned to Headquarters Air Force, Washington DC, and served as the chief of the War Plans Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and in November 1953, he was designated the deputy director of plans there and the Air Force member of the Joint Strategic Plans Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He became the deputy for operations in May 1955 at Headquarters Far East Air Forces and was later assigned to the staff of the commander in chief, Pacific Air Forces, as the deputy chief of staff for plans and operations. In November 1958, he became the deputy commander of 8th Air Force, Strategic Air Command, at Westover Air Force Base (now Westover Air Reserve Base), Massachusetts, and became the commander in October 1961. On October 1, 1962, he became vice commander in chief of Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was promoted to the rank of general on 18 July 1964, and on August 1, 1964, he became the commander in chief of Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, serving in that position until he retired on February 1, 1967, with 35 years of continued military service with the US Army Air Corps and Air Force. He was a rated pilot and technical observer. Among his military and foreign awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Unit Citation, the French Croix de Guerre with palm, the British Distinguished Flying Cross, the Thai and Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, and the Korean order of Military Merit, Taeguk Cordon. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  Hunter Harris (1877 - 1946)
  Lula Raymond Allen Wright (1889 - 1969)
 
 Sibling:
  Hunter Harris (1909 - 1987)
  William Allen Harris (1911 - 1986)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: David Niebes
Record added: Jul 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20468088
Gen Hunter Harris, Jr
Added by: David Niebes
 
Gen Hunter Harris, Jr
Added by: David Niebes
 
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