Hedlund, Earl Clifford, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1945-1945, POW Germany
Service Years
1938 - 1973
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant General

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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chappell, Nebraska
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 21, 2002
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 6 SITE 5807-4-A

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic) Headquarters Air Force Commander Air Force Retired




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He flew P-38 combat missions in the Aleutians and in Europe and was credited with 1 shared aerial victory plus the destruction of 15 enemy aircraft on the ground.
He was shot down and made a POW Apr 18, 1945 but escaped Apr 29 and made it back to allied lines.
He retired from the AF Oct 1, 1973.

Synopsis of his DSC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major (Air Corps) Earl Clifford Hedlund (ASN: 0-362396), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. Major Hedlund's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 13 (1945)

Action Date: 23-Aug-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 79th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 20th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

   
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Sources: 
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24815215
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=560
http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/106805/lieutenant-general-earl-c-hedlund.aspx
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/echedlund.htm
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=23097
 
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Reserve (USAR)Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)11th Air Force
428th Fighter SquadronPOW Germany
  1938-1941, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1056, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1056, 11th Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 428th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 474th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, POW Germany
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1953-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Nebraska, LincolnUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNaval War College
  1934-1938, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  1938-1939, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1947-1948, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1952-1953, Naval War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
  1942-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
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