Just 33 years later, gen hap arnold was the united states army air forces’ chief, commanding 24 million men and women and nearly 80,000 aircraft – the largest air force in history that stunning contrast is emblematic of arnold’s career. American airpower comes of age general henry h “hap” arnold’s world war ii diaries edited by this volume has richly enhanced general henry h “hap” arnold’s reputation as the father of today’s united states air general, united states air force, retired. Insignia, united states army air forces, 1941–1947 major general henry h arnold, 1941 20 june 1941: the department of war established the united states army air forces the new organization consisted of headquarters army air forces, the newly-formed air force combat command, and the existing united states army air corps. General henry h arnold on may 7, 1949 hap arnold was appointed the first general of the air force, five-star rank, by the us congress he died at his ranch home, valley of the moon, near sonoma, calif, jan 15, 1950 official united states air. Benedict arnold (january 14, 1741 [os january 3, 1740] – june 14, 1801) was a general during the american revolutionary war who fought heroically for the american continental army—then defected to the enemy in 1780.
An early united states army aviator who directed the army air forces throughout world war ii he was promoted to five-star rank of general of the army by president roosevelt in 1944, joining douglas macarthur, george c marshall, dwight d eisenhower and omar nelson bradley at that rank he retired. Henry (“hap”) arnold, chief of the us army air forces during world war ii. This is a brief biographical sketch of the military career of general of the air force henry harley arnold he was a general during world war two biography of general of the air force henry harley arnold (1886 – 1950), usa. William bruce arnold colonel, united states air force: from a contemporary press report: william bruce arnold, 74, a son of henry h hap arnold, the five-star general, died of leukemia september 21, 1992 at sibley memorial hosphe lived in washington, dc.
For 40 years, general henry h arnold worked to advance the cause of american military air power and an independent air force his efforts were finally recognized when on september 18, 1947, the united states air force was established as a separate branch of the armed forces. Henry “hap” arnold was a united states general arnold was born in gladwyne, pa, in 1886 he attended the united states military academy, and was personally instructed by the wright brothers, becoming one of the first military pilots in united states history. General henry arnold and the united states airforce essay - it can be argued that general henry “hap” arnold is the father of the united states air force his experiences, wisdom, and foresight are what made him, in every way, a visionary leader. Background arnold, henry h was born on june 25, 1886 in gladwynne, pennsylvania, united states son of herbert a and louise ann (harley) arnold. Five-star generals and admirals of the united states in december of 1944, in the midst of world war two, the new five-star officer rank was created, allowing generals and admirals to place a total of five stars on their uniforms and flags.
Arnold hall the cadet social center is arnold hall, named after the first general of the air force henry h “hap” arnold, chief of the united states army air forces during world war ii. General henry harley 'hap' arnold (1886-1950) was the most senior american airman of the second world war, and a dedicated believer in the power of strategic bombing the son of a country doctor, arnold attended west point, where he graduated 66th in his class of 111 in 1907. Henry h arnold henry harley hap arnold (june 25, 1886 - january 15, 1950) was an american general officer holding the grades of general of the army and later general of the air force. General henry “hap” arnold 25 jun 1886 – 15 jan 1950 henry “hap” arnold was born in gladwyn, pennsylvania following graduation from the united states military academy at west point, he star general of the united states air force on 7 may 1949 by an act of congress.
By cv glines 6/12/2006 • aviation history magazine under general henry “hap” arnold, america’s air arm became the largest and most potent air force in history he was one of those individuals who always seem to be smiling. Congress revived the grade of general of the armies of the united states by public law 45, approved september 3, 1919, to honor general john j pershing for his wartime service he retired with that rank on september 13, 1924, and held it until his death on july 15, 1948. Henry harley arnold: henry harley arnold, air strategist, commanding general of the us army air forces in world war ii after graduating from the united states military academy at west point, new york, in 1907, arnold served in the infantry and then transferred to the. General henry arnold and the united states airforce essay 941 words | 4 pages it can be argued that general henry “hap” arnold is the father of the united states air force.
The papers of henry harley arnold, pioneer aviator, general of the united states army air forces, and author, were given to the library by his wife, eleanor arnold, in 1951 the bulk of the arnold papers were placed in the aeronautics section. This volume has richly enhanced general henry h hap arnold's reputation as the father of today's united states air force major general john w huston, himself an army air forces combat veteran of the war, has edited each of arnold's world war ii diaries and placed them in their historical context while explaining the problems hap faced and evaluating the results of his travels.
This is the story of general henry harley hap arnold, concerned the father of the modern united states air force he is a five-star general though, extensive research, interviews, and documentation he has brought hap arnold to life for the american people. Henry h arnold military person henry harley hap arnold (june 25, 1886 – january 15, 1950) was an american general officer holding the grades of general of the army and general of the air force. This special highlights us army gen henry hap arnold's career with focus on world war ii it is also the story of the growth of the air force. Henry harley hap arnold (june 25, 1886 – january 15, 1950) was an american general officer holding the grades of general of the army and general of the air force arnold was an aviation pioneer, chief of the air corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the us army air forces, the only us.