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George, Harold Huston "Pursuit"

Date of birth:
September 14th, 1892 (Lockport/New York, United States)
Date of death:
April 29th, 1942 (Darwin/Northern Territory, Australia)
Buried on:
American War Graves Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: 9. Grave: 5952.
Service number:
0-9605
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
Unit:
139th Aero Squadron, 4th Pursuit Group, Air Service, American Expeditionary Forces
Awarded on:
1919
"The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold Huston George, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, October 27, 1918. Lieutenant George displayed great courage in attacking a formation of four enemy planes (Fokker type), destroying two of them in a terrific fight and driving the other two back to their own territory."
General Orders No. 46, W.D.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
5th Air Force, Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
1942
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Brigadier General Harold Huston George (ASN: 0-9605), United States Army Air Forces, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility. Brigadier General George serves as Chief of Staff, Far Eastern Air Force, as Commanding Officer, Fifth Interceptor Command, and from 21 December 1941 to 11 March 1942, commanded all Air Corps troops in the Philippine Islands. In the last-named capacity, he had full responsibility for all Air Corps operations in the defense of the Bataan Peninsula, Corregidor, and the other fortified islands at the entrances of Manila Bay. He had brilliant strategic and tactical concepts, and under continual attacks by hostile aviation in greater superior numbers demonstrated outstanding capacity for command, operating weak forces in such manner as to fulfill the urgent needs of the command and to strike the enemy effectively when opportunity offered. His personal courage and unceasing devotion to duty, his ingenuity in improvising when normal means were lacking, and his inspiring leadership in the execution of seemingly impossible tasks kept his force intact and effective in spite of all enemy efforts and contributed immeasurably to the defensive effort of the entire command. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General George and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces."
War Department, General Orders No. 23 (posthumously awarded)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Silver Star Medal (SSM)

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