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First Name: Frank

Last Name: Everest

Birthplace: Council Bluffs, IA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Fort

Date of Birth: 13 November 1904

Date of Death: 10 October 1983

Rank: General

Years Served: 1928-1961
Frank Fort Everest

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1928

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Frank Fort Everest
General, U.S. Air Force

Frank Fort Everest was born on 13 November 1904 in Council Bluffs, IA. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on 9 June 1928 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery.

Everest attended Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, TX, and then attended Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, TX, where he graduated in September 1929. His initial assignment was to the 8th Attack Squadron at Fort Crockett, TX. In March 1933, after completing the Armament Course at the Air Technical School at Chanute Field, IL, he held several assignments at Maxwell Field, AL. Everest was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1934 and to Captain a year later. Captain Everest graduated from the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell in June 1937.

He then served in Hawaii at Wheeler Field with the l8th Pursuit Group, moving to Lowry Field, CO, in September 1939 as an instructor in the Air Corps Technical School. Everest was promoted to Major in January 1941. The following August, Everest was assigned to Headquarters, Army Air Forces, for duty in the Plans and Training Division. He became a Lieutenant Colonel in January 1942 and, in March, joined the Operations and Planning Division of the War Department General Staff. He also became a Colonel in March.

In August 1942, Colonel Everest was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, where he served successively as Liaison Officer to: the Commander, Aircraft, South Pacific; Commanding Officer of the 11th Heavy Bomb Group at New Hebrides Islands and Guadalcanal; and Army Air Officer on the staff of the Commander of the South Pacific Theater. For his actions in combat, Everest earned a number of awards, including the Silver Star for a key mission from Guadalcanal against the Japanese on 13 February 1943.

Everest was reassigned to Air Corps Headquarters as Air Force Director of the Joint War Plans Committee in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans in January 1944, and became a Brigadier General in June. He joined the special organizational planning group at Air Corps Headquarters in November 1945. Two months later he was designated Air Force member of the Joint Staff Planners of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in August 1946 he assumed additional duties as Deputy Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans at Air Corps Headquarters.

He assumed command of the Yukon Sector, Alaskan Air Command, with Headquarters at Ladd Field, AK, in January 1947 and remained there until June 1948 when he was named Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Air Force Headquarters in Washington. He became a Major General in April 1948. In March 1950, he assumed the additional duty of senior Air Force member on the Military Liaison Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission.

Everest became Commanding General of the Fifth Air Force, Far East Forces, in Korea in May 1951. Through his efforts, the Fifth Air Force was able to achieve, and maintain, air superiority over the enemy.

Everest was promoted to Lieutenant General in December 1951. In mid-1952, he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, VA. He was named Director of the Joint Staff in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, in April 1953. One year later he was designated Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Air Force Headquarters, a post he held until 1 July 1957, when he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and promoted to the four-star rank of General.

Returning to the U.S. on 1 August 1959, General Everest was assigned duty as Commander of Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base.

General Everest retired from active duty on 1 October 1961. He was not related to General Frank Kendall Everest, Jr.

Medals and Awards

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards)
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal
Honorary Companion of the Military Division of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath
Republic of Korea Military Merit Taeguk Medal
World War II Victory Medal

General Everest was also rated a Command Pilot.


General Frank Fort Everest died on 10 October 1983.

Honoree ID: 715   Created by: MHOH




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