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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World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
From Month/Year
June / 1944
To Month/Year
September / 1945

Description
(Western Pacific Campaign 15 June 1944 to 2 September 1945) Attacks on Truk, where the Japanese had a major base, continued as preparations were made for the invasion of the Marianas. The American troops that landed on Saipan on 15 June 1944 met bitter opposition; but, after a desperate Japanese counterattack on 7 July, organized resistance soon terminated. Tinian, invaded on 25 July, was won by I August. Guam, which had been seized by the Japanese on 10 December 1941, was invaded on 20 July and regained after 20 days of fighting. With the conquest of the Marianas, the United States gained valuable bases for an aerial offensive against Japan itself. To provide bases for operations against the Philipgines, the Palaus were invaded in mid-September. Later, aerial attacks were made on Formosa to support the invasion of the Philippines and Okinawa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
June / 1944
To Month/Year
September / 1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  201 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bischof, Marcia
  • Foels, Greg
  • Gilinsky, O E, TSgt, (1942-1945)
  • Klimesh, Cyril (Cy), Capt, (1940-1963)
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