Carmichael, Richard Henry, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
21-Organization Commander
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1958-1961, Air University
Service Years
1928 - 1961
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Hillsboro, Texas
Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Apr 14, 1983
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 30, Site 874-RH

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On Jul 6, 1928, Richard Carmichael enlisted in the Texas National Guard and was honorably discharged on Jul 5, 1932 so as to enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His flight training was with the Army Air Corps at Kelly Field where he received his Pilot Wings.
In April of 1944 then Colonel Carmichel deployed to India until he was shot down over Japan and taken a Prisoner of War on Aug 20, 1944. On Aug 29, 1945 he was repatriated. He was hospitalized for his injuries at San Antonio, TX from about Aug of 1945 to Feb of 1946.  From Mar to Aug 1946 he was an Administrative Officer at Wright Field, OH. He attended Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Field, AL and after completion remained at Air University as Chief of the Air Power Employment Branch until Jun 1949, after which he joined the 11th Bomb Group as Commander as depicted on the right panel.
He medically retired from the U.S. Air Force on Jan 19, 1961 while he was Commandant of the Air Command and Staff College with Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL.  

First Award of the Distinguished Service Cross:

"Carmichael, Richard H. (POW)

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Richard H. Carmichael, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber and Commander of the 19th Bombardment Group (H), Fifth Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 7 August 1942, against enemy ground targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date, as Commander of the 19th Bombardment Group, Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael led sixteen B-17 bombers in a daring daylight, high-level raid over Rabaul. After dropping his bombs, Colonel Carmichaels' bomber was attacked,during which a crewman was wounded and the oxygen system was shot out. Colonel Carmichael dove to a lower level, evading enemy attackers until he could find the safety of the clouds and return to his base. The Personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces. Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)"

Note: The second Distinguished Service Cross (Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster) was awarded in 1945 for actions while he was a pilot with the 462d Bombardment Group, 20th Air Force.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)6th Pursuit Squadron18th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor9th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
88th Reconnaissance Squadron7th Bombardment Group, Heavy40th Reconnaissance Squadron19th Bombardment Group, Heavy
462nd Bombardment Group, Very HeavyPOW Japan11th Bombardment Group, Heavy98th Bombardment Group, Heavy
14th Air DivisionFar East Air Forces21st Air DivisionHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)
Air University
  1936-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1937-1939, 6th Pursuit Squadron
  1939-1939, 18th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1940-1941, 9th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, 88th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1941-1942, 7th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, 40th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1060, 19th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1060, 462nd Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1060, POW Japan
  1949-1950, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1950-1951, 98th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1951-1953, 14th Air Division
  1953-1954, Far East Air Forces
  1954-1954, 21st Air Division
  1954-1958, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1958-1961, Air University
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)1
  1944-1944 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyAir Command and Staff College
  1932-1936, United States Military Academy
  1946-1947, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-36 Hawk  B-17 Flying Fortress  B-26 Marauder  B-29 Superfortress  
B-36 Peacemaker  
  1937-1938, P-36 Hawk
  1940-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1942-1945, B-26 Marauder
  1943-1945, B-29 Superfortress
  1949-1950, B-36 Peacemaker
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