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GEN Bennie Luke Davis

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GEN Bennie Luke Davis

  • Birth 12 May 1928 McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 23 Sep 2012 Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, USA
  • Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section CJJ Site 7
  • Memorial ID 97829320

US Air Force General. He entered the US Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1946 and graduated in 1950 with a 2nd lieutenant's commission and a bachelor of science degree. He entered the Air Force and attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, received his pilot wings in 1951, and was assigned to James Connally Air Force Base, Texas (now closed) as a twin-engine pilot. He completed B-29 Superfortress combat crew training in October 1953 and was assigned to Okinawa, Japan, as a B-29 aircraft commander with the 307th and later the 19th Bombardment Wing. He returned to the United States with the 19th Bombardment Wing in June 1954, serving as a B-47 Stratojet aircraft commander and instructor pilot at Pinecastle/McCoy Air Force Base, Florida (now closed). He moved again with the 19th Bombardment Wing to Homestead Air Force Base, Florida (now an Air Force Reserve installation) in June 1956. In September 1961, he completed B-52 Stratofortress combat crew training and became a B-52H instructor pilot with the 93rd Bombardment Squadron at Kincheole Air Force Base, Michigan (now closed). In February 1964, he was selected to attend Armed Forces Staff College (now Joint Forces Staff College) at Norfolk, Virginia, and graduated in June 1964. He was then assigned to the headquarters of Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where he served as a requirements officer in the Aerospace Systems Branch, Plans Requirements Division. In 1966, he entered the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington DC, graduating in 1967, and also earned a master of science degree from George Washington University at the same time. He was assigned to Clark Air Base, Philippines in October 1967 as a B-57 Stratobomber pilot with the 13th Bombardment Squadron, which was later redesignated as Detachment 1, 8th Tactical Bombardment Squadron, and he then became its operations officer. During that time he flew over 350 hours on 142 combat missions over Vietnam. In August 1968 he returned to the United States and joined the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, serving in the Directorate of Operations as an operations officer and later as chief of the Current Operations Branch, Strategic Operations Division. Two years later he became the Air Force member of the Chairman's Staff Group, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC. In 1969, he attended the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts. In June 1972, he was transferred to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, serving as the vice commander of the US Air Force Military Personnel Center, and assistant deputy chief of staff for military personnel, Headquarters US Air Force. In June 1974, he became the commander of the US Air Force Recruiting Service and deputy chief of staff, recruiting, for Air Training Command. In July 1975, he returned to Headquarters US Air Force, Washington DC, where he served as director, personnel plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. In June 1977, he was named the deputy chief of staff, personnel (later manpower and personnel). He was promoted to the rank of general on 1 April 1979 and became the commander of Air Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base. In August 1981, he became the commander of Strategic Air Command, serving in that position until he retired on August 1, 1985, with 35 years of continued military service in the US Air Force. Among his military awards and decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service and Air Force Commendation Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He was a command pilot with over 9,000 flying hours in various bomber aircraft. He died of natural causes.

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  • Originally Created by: John Christeson
  • Added: 26 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97829320
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for GEN Bennie Luke Davis (12 May 1928–23 Sep 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97829320, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .