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Gen John Alexander Samford
Birth: Aug. 29, 1905
Hagerman
Chaves County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1968
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

US Air Force Lieutenant General. He served as a director of the National Security Agency. Born John Alexander Samford in Hagerman, New Mexico, he graduated from high school in 1922 and then spent one year at Columbia College, New York City, New York. In 1924 he received an appointment to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, Mew York and graduated in 1928. His first assignment was as a student officer at Brooks Field, Texas (now closed) and in 1929 he trained to become a pilot at Kelly Field (now Kelly Air Reserve Base, a part of Joint Base San Antonio), Texas, received his pilot wings, and was sent to Fort Crockett at Galveston, Texas. In 1930 he returned to Kelly Field where he served as a flying instructor and in 1934 he was assigned to an Engineering and Armament School at Chanute Field, Illinois (now closed). From 1935 until 1942, he held various assignments in Panama, Virginia, Louisiana and Florida, the latter being the assistant chief of staff at Headquarters 3rd Air Force in Tampa. He was the sent to Northern Ireland where he appointed chief of staff of the 8th Air Force Composite Command. He was promoted to the rank of colonel and in 1943 he became deputy chief of staff of the 8th Air Force, and later chief of staff of the 8th Bomber Command. In 1944 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and appointed chief of staff of the 8th Air Force, and later deputy assistant chief of staff, Headquarters US Army Air Forces at Washington DC. Following the end of World War II, he was appointed commander, 24th Composite Wing which soon thereafter became the Antilles Air Division of the Caribbean Air Command. In May 1949 he became commandant of the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama and in 1950 he was promoted to the rank of major general and held a brief appointment as commandant of the Air War College at Maxwell before being appointed director of intelligence of the US Air Force in Washington DC. In November 1956 he was appointed director of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland and promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and retired in this position in November 1960 with 32 continuous years of military service. Among his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He died in Washington DC at the age of 63. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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  Elizabeth I Samford (1911 - 1987)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 2, Site: 1034-E
 
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Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49307628
Gen John Alexander Samford
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