Brereton, Lewis Hyde, LTG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1948, US Air Force
Service Years
1911 - 1947


Lieutenant General

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Home Town
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Aug 01, 1967
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 6, Lot 5717-G

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United States Air Force Lieutenant General. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was a career military office and aviation pioneer. In June 1911, he graduated an Ensign from U.S. Naval Academy, resigned and was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps of the Regular Army on August 17, 1911. After flight training at the Signal Corps Aviation School San Diego, California, he became an aviator in the 2nd Aero Squadron. During World War I, he was placed in command of the 12th Aero Squadron, one of the first American flying units in actions on the Western front. After the war, he served in the Office of the Director of Air Service, as chief of the Operations Division, Training and Operations Group, Washington, D.C. Through the 1920s and 1930s, he served as commanding officer of the 2nd Bombardment Group, 88th Observation Squadron, 17th Bombardment Wing and 3rd Air Force. Upon the outbreak of World War II, he took command of the Far East Air Force in the Philippines Islands. He organized and commanded the 10th Air Force in India and was commanding General of the 9th Air Force in the European theater of operations. Returned to the United States in 1946, he was named commanding General of the 1st Air Force and later served in the Office of the Secretary of War, Washington D.C. He retied as Lieutenant General, Secretary of the Air Force on September 1, 1948, He died of a heart attack at age 77 in Washington D.C.
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 Unit Assignments
US NavyArmy Air CorpsUS Air Force
  1911-1911, US Navy
  1912-1918, Aviation Section US Signal Corps
  1918-1926, United States Army Air Service
  1926-1947, 1982, Army Air Corps
  1947-1948, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
Saint John's CollegeUnited States Naval Academy
  1907-1907, Saint John's College
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy
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