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Emmons, Delos Carlton (1888-1965)


Photograph of Delos C. Emmons

Naval Historical Center #NH 58017

Cropped by author

Emmons had been an observer in England during the Battle of Britain and was the commanding officer of Air Force Combat Command at the outbreak of war in the Pacific. He relieved Short as commander of the Hawaii Department shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, and worked closely with Pye and then Nimitz to ensure unity of command. In sharp contrast with DeWitt, he pledged to the local Japanese-American community that they would be treated fairly so long as they remained loyal to the United States, and succeeded in blocking moves to relocate all Japanese-Americans from Oahu to the outer islands or the mainland.

Emmons worked with Nimitz for an early allotment of as much air power for Hawaii as possible, to free the Pacific Fleet for offensive operations along the West Coast-Australia sea lanes.

Emmons assumed command of the Western Defense Command at the Presidio in June 1943, and the Alaskan Department in June 1944.

Service record

1924     
Colonel     
Commander, Crissy Field
1927

Executive officer, Office of the Chief of the Air Corps
1928

Executive officer, Assistant Secretary of War for Air
1931

Air Corps Tactical School
1932

Command and General Staff School
1934

Commander, 18 Composite Wing, Hawaii
1936
Brigadier general     
Commander, 1 Wing, March Field
1939-3-1
Lieutenant general     
Commander, Air Force Combat Command
1941-12-17     

Commander, Hawaii Department
1943-6-1      

Commander, Western Defense Command
1944-6-21     

Commander, Alaskan Department
1946

Commandant, Armed Forces Staff College
1948

Retired for disability
1965

Dies

References

Cline (1951; accessed 2011-11-6)

Conn, Engelman, and Fairchild (1961; accessed 2011-11-6)

Craven and Cate (1954; accessed 2011-11-6)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-2-18)

Pettibone (2007)



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