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Ramey, Roger Maxwell (1905-1963)


Photograph of Roger M. Ramey

U.S. Air Force. Via findagrave.com

Roger Ramey aspired to medicine but was persuaded by his National Guard captain to take the competitive examination for the Military Academy at West Point. He rose rapidly through the ranks after war broke out in the Pacific, and directed the devastating raids against Wewak. He then commanded Superfortress formations in the strategic bombing of Japan.

Postwar Ramey directed the ABLE shot during the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests. However, he gained unwanted notoriety over the Roswell Incident, which UFO theorists claim was a crashed flying saucer but the Air Force maintains were remnants of a top secret balloon program.

Ramey was remembered by fellow officers as a brilliant leader with a colorful sense of humor.

Service record

1905-9-9     

Born at Sulphur Springs, Texas
1924

West Point
1928
Second lieutenant
Cavalry
1928

Pilot training
1938

Instructor, Randolph Field
1938-9
First lieutenant

1939-3

18 Pursuit Group
1939-6
Captain

1939-7

Commander, 19 Pursuit Squadron
1940-4

Executive officer, 18 Pursuit Group
1940

Commander, 42 Bombardment Squadron
1941-1
Major

1941-12
Lieutenant colonel     
Staff, 7 Bomber Command
1942-3
Colonel
Staff, 7 Air Force
1942-9-14

Commander, 90 Bombardment Group
1942-10-21     

Commander, 43 Bombardment Group
1943

Chief of staff, 5 Bomber Command
1943-4-19     

Commander, 5 Bomber Command
1943-7-1
Brigadier general     
1943-10

Commander, 38 Flying Training Wing
1944-6-1

Commander, 314 Bombardment Wing
1944-6-15

Commander, 21 Bomber Command
1945-1-20

Commander, 20 Bomber Command
1945-4-24

Commander, 58 Bombardment Wing
1946

Commander, Task Group 1.5
1946

Commander, 8 Air Force
1946

Chief of staff, 8 Air Force
1947-1

Commander, 8 Air Force
1948-1
Major general

1950

Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force
1951

Military Liaison Committee, Atomic Energy Commission
1954
Lieutenant general
Commander, 5 Air Force
1956

Deputy Commander, Continental Air Defense Command
1957-1-1

Retires due to heart problems
1963-3-4

Dies at Torrance, California

References

Craven and Cate (1947; accessed 2013-8-24)

FindAGrave.com (accessed 2013-8-24)

Generals.dk (accessed 2013-8-24)

Pettibone (2006)



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