Hale, Willis Henry, Maj Gen

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1060-Bombardment Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 2, VII Bomber Command
Service Years
1917 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1893
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Pittsburg, Kansas
Last Address
Sonoma, California

Date of Passing
Mar 24, 1961
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Commander Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The location of his remains is unknown.

His Navy Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Major General Willis H. Hale (ASN: 19A), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty as Commanding General of the SEVENTH Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces, while leading a heavy Bombardment Squadron during attacks against strongly held enemy bases on Nauru Island and the Tarawa Island during the period 20 to 23 April 1943. Participating in a daring flight over enemy-controlled territory, Major General Hale led his squadron in a brilliantly executed bombing attack upon securely fortified enemy positions and succeeded in inflicting severe damage upon Japanese personnel and material. His forceful and inspiring leadership throughout a vital and hazardous mission, and his superior airmanship combined with the gallant fighting spirit of his command, reflect great credit upon the United States Armed Service.

Action Date: April 20 - 23, 1943

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 7th Air Force

   
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Sources:
USAF bio
http://www.dmairfield.org/20091022_HaleBiog_Nelson.pdf
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/H/a/Hale_WH.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52530529
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=20482 
   
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  1942-1942, 2, VII Bomber Command

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From Month/Year
January / 1942
To Month/Year
June / 1942
Unit
VII Bomber Command Unit Page
Rank
Brigadier General
MOS
2-General Officer
Location
Not Specified
Country/State
Hawaii
   
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 VII Bomber Command Details

VII Bomber Command
Operational history

Engaged in patrol operations from Hawaii until late in 1943. Afterward, served in combat in the Central and Western Pacific.
Its last assignment was with Seventh Air Force, based on Okinawa. It was inactivated on 31 March 1946.
Stations.
Type
HQ/ Command Element
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Parent Unit
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Strength
Command
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2017
   
   
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