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Mulcahy, Francis P. (1894-1973)


Photograph of Francis P. Mulcahy

National Park Service

Mulcahy was a graduate of Notre Dame University who received his Marine Corps commission and flight training in time to fly bomber missions over France in the First World War. He later helped pioneer close air support. He was selected to participate in the Grand Conference that reviewed the Tentative Manual for Landing Operations in December 1933.

Mulcahy commanded 2 Marine Aircraft Wing through the first years of the Pacific War, including the Solomons campaign. During the Okinawa campaign, he coordinated both the air support for the prolonged ground campaign and the air defense against the kamikazes.

Service record

1894

Born at Rochester, New York
1917
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned in the Marine Corps
1917

Flight school
1941-7-10     
Brigadier general     
Commander, 2 Marine Aircraft Wing
1944-3-17
Major general
Commander, 10 Air Force
1944-9-16

Commander, Aircraft, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
1973

Dies

References

National Park Service (accessed 2008-9-30)

Rottman (2002)

Venzon (2003)



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