Curtis LeMay

Military Person

1906 – 1990

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Who was Curtis LeMay?

Curtis Emerson LeMay was a general in the United States Air Force and the vice presidential running mate of American Independent Party presidential candidate George Wallace in 1968.

He is credited with designing and implementing an effective, but also controversial, systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II. During the war, he was known for planning and executing a massive bombing campaign against cities in Japan and a crippling minelaying campaign in Japan's internal waterways. After the war, he unintentionally initiated the Berlin airlift, then reorganized the Strategic Air Command into an effective instrument of nuclear war. He served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1961 until his retirement in 1965.

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Born
Nov 15, 1906
Columbus
Also known as
  • Curtis Emerson LeMay
  • "Old Iron Pants"
  • "Bombs Away" LeMay
  • The "Big Cigar"
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Ohio State University
Lived in
  • Columbus
Died
Oct 1, 1990
March Air Reserve Base

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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