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First Name: George

Last Name: Eade

Birthplace: Lockney, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: James

Date of Birth: 27 October 1921

Rank: General

Years Served: 1942-1975
George James Eade

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


George James Eade

General, U.S. Air Force

George James Eade was born on 27 October 1921 in Lockney, TX. He graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, IL, and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Military Career

He entered military service as an aviation cadet in January 1942 from Chicago, IL, and that September was awarded his pilot wings and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

During World War II, he flew 37 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations, where he served almost four years as a pilot, flight commander and operations officer.

Eade began a long tour of duty with the Strategic Air Command in August 1946, when he joined the 43rd Bombardment Wing at Davis-Monthan Army Air Field, AZ, as a pilot of B-29 aircraft. In September 1947, he was assigned as Operations Officer and later, Commander of the 1st Strategic Support Squadron, which provided SAC with close airlift support for its global operations.

In May 1952, he went to SAC headquarters, where he was Chief of the Current Operations Branch, Directorate of Operations. From 1956-58, he was the Deputy Director of Operations at SAC's 7th Air Division in England.

After he returned to the U.S. in November 1958, he served as Deputy Commander for Operations and then Commander of the 4238th Strategic Wing (re-designated 2nd Bombardment Wing) at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. From June 1961 to July 1963, he commanded the 7th Bombardment Wing at Carswell Air Force Base, TX.

In July 1963, Eade returned to SAC headquarters as Chief of the Safety Division. It was during this assignment that SAC was awarded the Daedalian Flying Safety Trophy for 1964. In January 1965, he was assigned as Chief of the Control Division, and in July 1967 he assumed duties as Director of Operations Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, with additional duties as Chief, Single Integrated Operational Plans Division, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Eade was assigned to Headquarters USAF in February 1970 as Director of Plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations. In January 1971, he assumed duties as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, and in April he became the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations. On 18 April 1973, Eade was promoted to the rank of four-star General and assumed duties as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. European Command on 20 April.

General Eade retired from the Air Force on 1 September 1975.

Medals and Awards

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Legion of Merit

Air Force Commendation Medal (4 Awards)

Army Commendation Medal

Honoree ID: 709   Created by: MHOH




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