Nichols, Franklin Allen, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 310th Bombardment Wing, Medium
Service Years
1940 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Holdenville, Oklahoma
Last Address
El Paso, Texas

Date of Passing
Sep 16, 2002
Location of Interment
Fort Bliss National Cemetery - Fort Bliss, Texas
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 Official Badges 

Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 probable and 1 damaged in WWII.

His AFDSM citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam 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 to Brigadier General Franklin A. Nichols (AFSN: FR-4809/ASN: 0-412144), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff, SEVENTH Air Force, Republic of Vietnam, from 15 June 1966 to 1 November 1967. During this period, General Nichols was responsible for advising the Commander on the full range of activities encompassed in the command mission and for formulating policy guidance to assist the staff to accomplish its functional responsibilities. Exhibiting outstanding abilities as a leader and staff officer, General Nichols, through applications of his wide experience in tactical air warfare and superior management skill, fulfilled these myriad responsibilities with unerring timeliness and accuracy. General Nichols' achievements in this important assignment are in keeping with the highest standards of performance and traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: June 15, 1966 - November 1, 1967 Service: Air Force

Rank: Brigadier General
He was also awarded a foreign medal that is not shown; see below.

Other Comments:
Enlistment record
MAJOR GENERAL FRANKLIN A. NICHOLS > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display;f=14;t=22 
Valor awards for Franklin A. Nichols

And the ROK Order of National Security Merit, Cheon-Su Medal. (=3rd class)


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Aviator (Command)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School6th Pursuit Squadron18th Pursuit Group44th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
7th Fighter Squadron  - Screamin' Demons49th Fighter Group431st Fighter Squadron475th Fighter Group
US Air Force310th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 6th Pursuit Squadron
  1941-1942, 18th Pursuit Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 44th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 7th Fighter Squadron - Screamin' Demons
  1942-1943, 49th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 431st Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 475th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, V Fighter Command
  1945-1945, 310th Bombardment Wing, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1941-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Washington & Lee UniversityArmed Forces Staff CollegeNaval War College
  1936-1940, Washington & Lee University
  1950-1951, Armed Forces Staff College
  1951-1953, Naval War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-86 Sabre  
RB-57D Canberra  WB-66D Destroyer  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1943-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1945-1947, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1954-1955, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1958, RB-57D Canberra
  1960-1964, WB-66D Destroyer
  1964-1965, F-100 Super Sabre
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