Kuter, Laurence Sherman, Gen

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
21-Organization Commander
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1959-1962, AAF MOS 1065, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Service Years
1923 - 1962
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Contact Info
Home Town
Rockford, Illinois
Last Address
Naples, Florida

Date of Passing
Nov 30, 1979
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

NORAD Command Badge Headquarters Air Force Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was one of the founding fathers of the independent Air Force and a framer of the Air War Plan document that mapped out the defeat of Germany in World War II. 
He was also an instrumental strategist in the formation of two major commands for the newly independent Air Force, Military Air Transport Service and Pacific Air Forces. He also became the commander. He was the youngest general officer in the Army in 1942, and he never served in the active rank of colonel. His was the first "jump" promotion of an officer as young as 36 since the Civil War when William T. Sherman was promoted.  The next youngest general officer at that time was 46.

Synopsis of his ADSM (1st of 3) citation:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Laurence S. Kuter (ASN: 0-16777/89A), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War II.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 48 (1945)

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major General

Other Comments:
Photos: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Laurence_S._Kuter
Book: "Masters of the Air" by Donald Miller, Simon & Schuster, 2006

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Far East Air ForcesUnited States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1955-1957, AAF MOS 1063, Far East Air Forces
  1957-1959, AAF MOS 1063, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1959-1962, AAF MOS 1065, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyAir University
  1923-1927, United States Military Academy
  1934-1935, Air University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  B-25 Mitchell  Supermarine Spitfire  
A-20 Havoc  A-36 Apache  B-29 Superfortress  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1943-1943, B-25 Mitchell
  1943-1943, Supermarine Spitfire
  1943-1943, A-20 Havoc
  1943-1943, A-36 Apache
  1945-1945, B-29 Superfortress
  1945-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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