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Ryan, William Ord (1891-1980)

Ryan was a young cavalry officer when he took pilot training in 1917. He served with the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, throughout the First World War but transferred to the field artillery in 1921. Following study at the Command and General Staff School in 1927, he returned to aviation, and was in command of 4 Fighter Command when war broke out in the Pacific.

Ryan reported to the press that the Japanese carrier aircraft had attempted a large raid on San Francisco the night after the attack on Pearl Harbor. There was no Japanese carrier within three thousand miles (5000 km) of San Francisco that night, and the false alarm seems to have tainted Ryan, who was relieved early in 1942 and received no further combat commands during the war.

Service record

1891-8-10      

Born at San Antonio, Texas
1914
Second lieutenant    
Graduates from West Point and commissioned in the cavalryaircraft
1917

Signal Corps Aviation School
1917

Aviation Section, Signal Corps
1921
Major

1927

Command and General Staff school
1933

Air Corps Tactical School
1936
Colonel     
Commander, Bolling Field, District of Columbia
1938

Army War College
1939

Instructor, Army War College
1940

Inspector, 18 Bombardment Wing, Hickam Field
1940

Chief of staff, Hawaiian Air Force
1941-8-3
Brigadier general     
Commander, 4 Fighter Command, March Field
1942-6

Commander, Pacific Division, Air Transport Command
1946-9

Retired for disability in the line of duty
1980-3-11

Dies at Monterey, California

References

Air Force Historical Research Agency (accessed 2011-3-25)

Costello (1981)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-14)

Pettibone (2006)

Rense.com (accessed 2011-3-25)



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