Alkire, Darr Hayes, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1952-1956, 21, Transportation Units
Service Years
1924 - 1956
Brigadier General

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Home State
Nevada
Nevada
Year of Birth
1903
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fay, Nevada
Last Address
Honolulu, Hawaii

Date of Passing
Jul 22, 1977
 
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION R SITE 77

 Official Badges 

Commander Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the commander of 3 different bomb groups during WWII. He was the 1st commander of the famous 100th Bomb Gp., "The Bloody Hundredth". While commanding the 449th BG, he was shot down on the coast of Italy and became a POW. He also served with distinction in the Korean War. He retired from the USAF Nov 1, 1956.

His AFDSM citation:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (Army Design) to Brigadier General Darr H. Alkire (AFSN: 298A/ASN: 0-16639), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, during the period 27 June 1950 to 1 June 1952.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 27 (June 20, 1952)

Action Date: June 27, 1950 to June 1, 1952

Service: Air Force

Rank: Brigadier General

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Brigadier General Darr H. Alkire (AFSN: 298A/0-16639), United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Deputy for Materiel, FAR EAST Air Forces, in Korea, during the period July through November 1950. General Alkire was charged with assuring the constant and uninterrupted flow of materiel and the development of air bases to insure full Air Force effectiveness. By virtue of frequent visits to the most forward airfields, and both ground and aerial surveys of the combat area, General Alkire was able to fulfill his responsibilities and also complete plans for the earliest possible utilization of advanced airfields after their liberation. During these actions he was constantly subject to enemy and ground attack. The judgment, initiative, and devotion to duty shown by General Alkire materially contributed to the success of the United States Air Force and were in keeping with the highest military traditions.

Action Date: July - November 1950

Service: Air Force

Rank: Brigadier General

Company: Deputy for Materiel

Division: Far East Air Forces

 

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
USAF bio
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=50&Itemid=334
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darr_H._Alkire
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=24911
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3768119
http://www.norfield-publishing.com/449th/449site.html
Book: "Masters of the Air" by Donald Miller, Simon & Schuster, 2006
Film of the mission when he was shot down:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKDnMoTzzs0



 
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Army Reserve (USAR)6th Pursuit SquadronAir Force Bases/ Installations
School Assignments96th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy2nd Bombardment Group, Heavy100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
449th Bombardment Group, HeavyPOW GermanyAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Service Command (ASC)
Far East Air ForcesUS Air Force
  1924-1925, M 0273, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1925-1926, M 0273, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1926-1930, M 0273, 6th Pursuit Squadron
  1930-1931, M 0273, 22nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1931-1937, M 0273, Army Air Forces Central Instructors School (CIS)
  1937-1941, M 1060, 96th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, M 1060, 2nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, M 1060, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, M 1060, 449th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, POW Germany
  1945-1945, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1945-1948, M 2120, Air Service Command (ASC)/Headquarters
  1948-1952, M 2120, Far East Air Forces
  1952-1956, 21, Transportation Units
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1950-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Utah
  1919-1921, University of Utah
  1938-1939, Air Corps Tactical School
 My Aircraft/Missiles
DH-4 Bomber  B-10 Martin Bomber  B-18 Bolo  B-25 Mitchell  
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-24 Liberator  
  1926-1930, DH-4 Bomber
  1937-1942, B-10 Martin Bomber
  1937-1942, B-18 Bolo
  1937-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1937-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
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