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GEN Gabriel Poillon Disosway

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GEN Gabriel Poillon Disosway

  • Birth 11 Jun 1910 Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 23 Feb 2001 Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Memorial ID 14718676

US Air Force General. Early air power pioneer and advocate. Served as Commander-in-Chief of US Air Forces in Europe and Tactical Air Command (now Air Combat Command). His family relocated to Wichita Falls, Texas from California and he graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1927. After attending the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma he was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York in July 1929, and graduated with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant of Field Artillery in June 1933. He decided to become an aviator and entered Primary Flying School at Randolph Field (now Randolph Air Force Base, which is part of Joint Base San Antonio), Texas, and upon completion of the course, transferred to the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field also part of Joint Base San Antonio), Texas, from which he graduated in October 1934. He then transferred from the Field Artillery to the US Army Air Corps in January 1935. His first assignments were with the 71st Service and 55th Pursuit Squadrons at Barksdale Field (now Barksdale Air Force Base), Louisiana. In March 1938 he was transferred to Randolph Field as a primary flying instructor and remained there until January 1942, serving as an instructor and flight and stage commander. His next assignment was at Lake Charles Field (now Chennault International Airport), Louisiana, as director of flying, and in June 1942 he returned to Randolph as director of training. The following January he was appointed commander of Bryan Army Air Base, Texas (now closed). In April 1943 he went to Panama as commander of the 37th Fighter Group, later serving as air inspector and deputy commander of the 26th Fighter Command in Panama and trained the First Brazilian Fighter Group which was deployed to Italy. In September 1944 he was assigned as commander of Ephrata Army Air Base (now Ephrata Municipal Airport), Washington. In January 1945 he was transferred to China as operations officer of the 312th Fighter Wing, and assumed command of the 311th Fighter Group in May 1945, and in July of that year, took command of the 312th Fighter Wing. The following month he was named Army Air Force Liaison Officer with the 3rd Amphibious Marine Corps in Tientsin, China. In April 1946 he returned to the US and became the assistant commander of Barksdale Field. The following year he entered the Air War College at Maxwell Field (now Maxwell Air Force Base), Alabama and upon graduation, he was appointed chief of the Training Division in the Directorate of Training and Requirements at Headquarters US Air Force in Washington DC. In February 1951 he became Director of Training in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters US Air Force, followed by duty as the commander of Air Training Command's (now Air Education and Training Command) Flying Training Air Force at Waco, Texas in September 1952. After nearly five years in this position, he assumed command of the 12th Air Force, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In January 1958 he became the vice commander of US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) at Ramstein and served concurrently ad the commander of 17th Air Force beginning in November 1959. In June 1960 he returned to the US and was assigned duty as senior Air Force member, Military Studies and Liaison Division, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) in Washington DC. In mid-1961 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned as vice commander, Tactical Air Command (now Air Combat Command) at Langley Air Force Base (now Joint Base Langley-Eustis), Virginia and in November 1962 he returned to Washington DC to become deputy chief of staff, operations, Headquarters US Air Force. In February 1963 this position was re-designated as deputy chief of staff, programs and requirements. In August 1963 he was promoted to the rank of general and returned to Europe to become Commander-in-Chief of USAFE at Wiesbaden, Germany. In July 1965 he returned to the US and became Commander-in-Chief of Tactical Air Command at Langley and retired in this position in August 1968 with 35 years of continuous military service. Among his military and foreign decorations and awards include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, the Chinese Order of Yun Hui and the Brazilian Southern Cross. He died at the age of 90. He originally was buried, per his wishes, in Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport, La., where his wife, the former Dorothy "Dot" Ford, wished to be buried near her family. However, in April 2016, General and Mrs. Disosway were disinterred and reburied in Arlington National Cemetery. A few months later they were disinterred again and removed to the cemetery at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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