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Harmon, Millard Fillmore, Jr. (1888-1945)


Photograph of Millard F. Harmon

USAF. Via Wikipedia Commons.

"Miff" Harmon qualified as a pilot before the First World War and saw action with the Punitive Expedition to Mexico and in France. He was Halsey's senior Army commander during the South Pacific campaign, where his excellent judgement and ability to get along with the Navy made him an effective troubleshooter. He activated XIV Corps at Guadalcanal in January 1943 and took over land operations at New Georgia in July 1943 when that campaign bogged down. In February 1945 his flight went down somewhere between Kwajalein and Johnston Island, and he was declared missing and presumed dead on 26 February 1945.

Taaffe (2011) describes Harmon as "a peppery and opinionated man" who nonetheless got on well with Halsey and gained the respect of almost everyone in the theater.

Service record

1888-1-19     

Born at San Francisco
1912
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from Military Academy, standing 74th in a class of 95.
1916

Aviation Section
1922

Command and General Staff School
1924

Army War College
1932      
     
Commander, Barksdale Field, Louisiana
1932-10-21     

Commander, 20 Pursuit Group
1935-8-1
Lieutenant colonel     

1936-10

Commander, 5 Composite Group, Luke Field, Hawaii
1937-4-1
Colonel

1938-3

Commander, 5 Bombardment Group, Luke Field
1938-9-19

Assistant commandant, Air Corps Tactical School
1938-11-22     

Acting commandant, Air Corps Tactical School
1939-4-1

Assistant commandant, Air Corps Tactical School
1940-7-15

Executive officer, Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center
1940-8-3

Commander, Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center
1940-10-1
Brigadier general     
1940-10-25

7 Pursuit Wing
1940-11-22

Commander, Hamilton Field
1940-16

Commander, 10 Pursuit Wing, Hamilton Field, California
1941-2

Acting Assistant Chief of the Air Corps and military observer in England
1941-6-17

Commander, IV Interceptor Command, Riverside, California
1941-8.5

Commander, 2 Air Force, Fort George Wright, Washington
1941-8-11 Major general
1941-12-19       

Acting commander, Air Force Combat Command
1942-1-26

Chief, Air Staff
1942-5-1
Lieutenant general
1942-7-26

Commander, Army Forces, South Pacific Area
1943-2-2


1944-8-1

Commander, Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas
1945-2-26

Lost at sea between Kwajalein and Johnston Island
1946

Declared dead

References

Boatner (1996)

Frank (1990)

Ammentorp  (accessed 2008-3-29)

Taaffe (2011)



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