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White, Thomas Dresser (1901-1965)

Thomas White was born in Minnesota and graduated from West Point in 1920 as an infantryman. He served in Panama before completing flight training in 1925. He was assistant military attache in Moscow in 1934-1935 and Italy in 1935-1937 and was a 1938 graduate of the Air Corps Tactical School. He attended the Command and General Staff School in 1938-1939.

White was military attache in Brazil when war broke out. He returned to the United States in March 1942 and and was promoted to brigadier general in November, serving as chief of staff of 3 Air Force. He became deputy commander of 13 Air Force in September 1944 and was involved in aerial operations in New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, and Borneo. He was commander of 7 Air Force in June 1945, when it transferred from the Marianas to Okinawa.

Postwar White reached the rank of full general and was appointed chief of staff for the Air Force in 1953. He oversaw the early development of strategic missiles before retiring in 1961.

Service record

1901     

Born in Minnesota
1920
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from West Point
1924

Flight training
1927
Colonel
Language student, Peiping
1931

Assistant to the Chief, Section II, Plans Division, Office of the Chief of the Air Corps
1932

Assistant engineering officer, Bolling Field, District of Columbia
1934

Assistant military attache, Russia
1935

Assistant military attache, Italy and Greece
1937

Air Corps Tactical School
1938

Command and General Staff School
1939

Intelligence Section, Information Division, Office of the Chief of the Air Corps
1939

Chief, Intelligence Section, Information Division, Office of the Chief of the Air Corps
1940

Military attache, Brazil
1942

Assistant chief of staff for Operations and Training (G-3), 3 Air Force, Florida
1942

Chief of staff, 3 Air Force, Florida
1944

Assistant Chief of the Air Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Army Air Forces
1944

Deputy commander, 13 Air Force, Noemfoor
1945
Major general
Commander, 7 Air Force, Okinawa
1946

Chief of staff, Pacific Air Command, Japan
1947

Chief of staff, Far East Air Forces, Japan
1948

Commander, 5 Air Force, Nagoya
1948

Director of Legislation and Liason, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
1950

Joint Strategic Survey Committee
1950

Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
1951

Director of plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
1951

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
1953

Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
1957
General
Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
1961

Retires
1965

Dies

References

Dupuy et al. (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-18)


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