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Gen Muir Stephen Fairchild
Birth: Sep. 2, 1894
Bellingham
Whatcom County
Washington, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1950
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

US Air Force General. His military career spanned World Wars I and II and he served as the 2nd Vice Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. After graduating from Olympia High School, Olympia, Washington in 1913, he entered the US Army's Signal Corps in an Army Signal Corps reserve unit in Seattle, Washington while he was a student at the University of Washington. In 1916, he was deployed in the Washington National Guard with the rank of sergeant, and his unit joined in the search for the notorious bandit and outlaw Pancho Villa along the US-Mexican border. In 1917 he became a flying cadet at Berkeley, California and went to Europe to complete his flying training in France and Italy, getting his wings and commission in the US Army's Aviation Section in January 1918. During World War I he flew bomber aircraft, including night missions over the Rhine River in Germany with the French forces. In December 1918 he returned to the US and was assigned to McCook Field, Ohio (now closed), Mitchel Field, New York (now closed), and Langley Field (now Langley Air Force Base, part of Joint Base Langley-Eustis), Virginia, primarily in engineering assignments. Between December 21, 1926 and May 2, 1927 he flew to South America in the Pan American good-will tour, a 22,000-mile pioneering flight that sought to promote air postal service, US commercial aviation and take messages of friendship to the governments and people of Central and South America, while forging aerial navigation routes through the Americas. The flight originated with five aircraft and crews taking off from Kelly Field, Texas, seeking to land in 23 Central and South American countries, and it terminated at Bolling Field, Washington DC. He was among the first nine aviators to receive the newly created award Distinguished Flying Cross. In June 1929 he completed the course in the Air Corps Engineer School at Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), Ohio and went to Santa Monica, California, as a US Army Air Corps representative to Douglas Aircraft Company. In January 1931 he was promoted to the rank of captain. During the 1930s he graduated from the US Army Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field (now Maxwell Air Force Base), Alabama, the US Army Industrial College, and the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. In June 1936 he was promoted to the rank of major and returned to Maxwell Field, Alabama as an instructor and rose to become director of air tactics and strategy in July 1939, with promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in November 1940. In June 1941 he was assigned to the Plans Division, Headquarters US Army Air Force in Washington DC and in June 1941 he was named secretary of the newly formed Air Staff. Two months later he was advanced two grades to the rank of brigadier general and named Assistant Chief of the US Army Air Corps. In March 1942 he became the Director of Military Requirements, US Army Air Corps and the following August he was promoted to the rank of major general. In November 1942 he became a member of the Joint Strategic Survey Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and remained there until January 1946, when he became the Commandant of Air University at Maxwell Field, with promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. In May 1948 he became the Vice Chief of Staff of the US Air Force and was promoted to the rank of general. He died suddenly of a heart attack at his home while serving in this position. His military decorations and awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the World War I Victory Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, and the American Campaign Medal. Fairchild Hall, the main academic building at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the library at the Air University in Alabama, Fairchild Memorial Hall, are named in his honor. Additionally, Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington was named in his honor shortly after his death. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  Harry Anson Fairchild (1858 - 1911)
 
 Spouse:
  Florence Alice Fairchild (1898 - 1989)*
 
 Children:
  Betty Anne Fairchild Calvert (1927 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34, Plot 48-A
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Jacobs
Record added: Jan 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47345857
Gen Muir Stephen Fairchild
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