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Gen Kenneth Burton Hobson
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1908
Mount Carmel
Wabash County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1979
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

US Air Force General. He was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois, and graduated from Ashland High School, Ashland, Oregon, in 1925. After high school, he attended the University of Oregon and the Southern Oregon Normal School. In 1928, he was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating on July 10, 1932, with a commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry. He attended the primary and advanced flying schools at Randolph and Kelly Fields (now Randolph and Kelly Air Force Bases), Texas, receiving his pilot wings in November 1933. After being transferred to the US Army Air Corps on February 16, 1934, he was assigned to the 73rd Pursuit Squadron at March Field (now March Air Force Base), California, In February 1937, he joined the 80th Service Squadron at Albrook Field, Panama Canal Zone. He was hospitalized for a year and in April 1940, he was assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Squadron and served at Hamilton Field (now closed), California, and Fort Douglas, Utah. In May 1941, he assumed command of the 22nd Bombardment Squadron and in December 1941, he moved with it to the Southwest Pacific Theater. The unit was in the process of moving to the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. He led three B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft from Hawaii to Australia over an emergency-devised South Pacific air route, arriving on January 12, 1942. From Australia he flew his B-17 aircraft to java in the Dutch East Indies, where his squadron was diverted in an attempt to stem the Japanese advance. He commanded the 22nd Bombardment Squadron there and in Australia until September 1942, when he became the engineering officer for the Far East Service Command. In October 1942, he was appointed operations officer, A-3, of the 5th Bomb Command in the Southwest pacific, and in January 1943, he was named the chief of staff of the 5th Bomb Command, serving in that position until June 1943. He returned to the United States and was assigned to the War Department General Staff, Washington DC, where he served until January 1946, when he was assigned to Headquarters Army Air Forces, Washington DC, as chief of the Table of Organization and Equipment Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Operations. In June 1946, he became the chief of the Organization Division. He then entered the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in July 1947, and upon graduating in June 1948, he was assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, which later relocated to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In June 1951, he was assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, where he assumed command of the 92nd Bomb Wing. He relocated back to Headquarters Air Force, Washington DC, where he was named deputy director of manpower and organization, becoming its director in July 1953. He was then assigned as the vice commander of 5th Air Force in Japan on July 15, 1956, and returned to the United States on August 3, 1959 to command the Ogden Air Materiel Area, headquartered at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. On August 1, 1961, he became the vice commander of Air Force Logistics Command (now Air Force Materiel Command), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He was promoted to the rank of general on 31 July 1965, and on 1 August 1965, he became the commander in chief of Air Force Logistics Command, serving in that capacity until he retired in 1967, with 35 years of continued active military service with the US Army Air Corps and the Air Force. He was a rated command pilot and flew 35 aerial combat missions totaling 100 combat flying hours. Among his military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and two Bronze Stars for the Papua, New Guinea and East Indies campaigns during World War II. He died in Portland, Oregon. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: 003 E 047
Created by: HEE
Record added: Feb 14, 2007
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Gen Kenneth Burton Hobson
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