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Encyclopedia > Earle E. Partridge
Earle E. Partridge

General Partridge, right, pinning a general's star on Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Place of birth Wichendon, Massachusetts
Service/branch U.S. Air Force
Years of service 1918-1919
1920-1959
Rank General
Commands North American Air Defense Command
Far East Air Forces
Air Research and Development Command
Fifth Air Force
3rd Bomb Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal (4)
Belgian Croix de Guerre
Order of the Bath
French Croix de Guerre
French Legion of Honor
Order of Polonia Restituta
Korean Order of Military Merit

General Earle Everard Partridge was one of the first U.S. Air Force 4-star generals, and a veteran of three wars. Partridge was born in Wichendon, Massachusetts, enlisted in the Army in July 1918 at Fort Slocum, New York, and was assigned to the 5th Engineer Training Regiment at Camp Humphries, Virginia. He went to France in August 1918 to join the 79th Division, participating in the St. Mihiel and Argonne operations prior to the Armistice. When the division returned in June 1919 he was honorably discharged. General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. ... Fort Slocum was a US Army Nike Ajax missile base located in New York on two islands in Long Island Sound. ... The 79th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I and World War II. // Activated: August 1917 Overseas: July 1918 Major Operations: Meuse-Argonne Casualties: Total-6,874 (KIA-1,151 ; WIA-5,723) Commanders: Maj. ... Combatants United States German Empire Commanders John J. Pershing Georg von der Marwitz Strength American Expeditionary Force German Fifth Army Casualties 7,000 2000 dead and 5500 wounded The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a World War I battle fought between September 12 - 15, 1918, involving the American Expeditionary Force... Combatants United States German Empire Commanders John J. Pershing Georg von der Marwitz Strength American Expeditionary Force German Fifth Army Casualties 26,277 killed 95,786 wounded 122,066 total 28,000 killed 92,250 wounded 120,250 total The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the final offensive of World War...


Partridge spent a year at Norwich University, reenlisted in June 1920, and four years later graduated from the U.S. Military Academy as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Service. Partridge received flight training at Brooks Field and Kelly Field, Texas. He served 10 months with the 3rd Attack Group at Kelly, where he was a flying instructor until September 1929. He had been appointed first lieutenant in December 1928. Lieutenant Partridge taught mathematics at West Point for a year and then went to the Panama Canal Zone with the 6th Composite Group at France Field. He was adjutant and assistant operations officer of the 1st Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field, Michigan, in the spring of 1933. He later served there as commanding officer of the 94th Pursuit Squadron. Partridge was promoted to captain in April 1933. Norwich University (NU) is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. ... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ... The United States Army Air Service was a forerunner of the United States Air Force. ... Brooks City-Base is a former United States Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas, that was established in 1918. ... Kelly Air Force Base was a United States Air Force base located in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Panama Canal Zone (Spanish: ), was a 553 square mile (1,432 km²) territory inside of Panama, consisting of the Panama Canal and an area generally extending 5 miles (8. ... Selfridge Field is a joint military community reserve and National Guard training facility near Mt. ...


In mid-July 1936 Partridge became a test pilot at Wright Field, flying many of the planes which were later used in World War II. Captain Partridge completed the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Alabama, and the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He became major in March 1940 and helped establish flying schools in the Southeast. Partridge started single-engine flying schools at Barksdale Field, Louisiana, and Dothan, Alabama. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force base in Greene and Montgomery counties, adjacent to Fairborn and Dayton, Ohio. ... Maxwell Field was the football stadium located behind the former location of Louisville Male High School, 911 S. Brook St. ... First established in 1881 as a school for infantry and cavalry, the U.S. Armys Command and General Staff College (C&GSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas functions as a graduate school for U.S. military leaders. ... In 1827, Colonel Henry Leavenworth established a post on the bluffs overlooking the western bank of the Missouri River to protect the fur trade, safeguard commerce on the Santa Fe Trail and maintain the peace among the inhabitants. ... Barksdale Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base near Bossier City, Louisiana, that was established in 1933. ... Dothan is a city located in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Alabama. ...


Major Partridge was a member of the Air War Plan's Division at Headquarters Army Air Forces from October 1941 until the following March. He was appointed lieutenant colonel in November 1941. He became a colonel and a member of the Joint Strategy Committee, Strategy and Policy Group of the War Department General Staff in March 1942. Partridge was promoted to brigadier general in December 1942 and appointed commanding general of the New York Air Defense Wing at Mitchel Field, New York. Mitchel Field is a complex located in Uniondale, New York, and home to Nassau Coliseum, Mitchel Athletic Complex, Nassau Community College and Hofstra University. ...


That spring Partridge went overseas as operations officer for the Northwest African Air Force and became chief of staff of both the 12th Bomber Command and the Fifteenth Air Force. He moved to England in January 1944 as deputy commander of the Eighth Air Force and became major general in May. One month later General Partridge became commanding general of the 3rd Bomb Division. He became deputy commanding general of the Eighth Air Force in August 1945, assisting in its reorganization and movement to Okinawa. Activated on November 1, 1943, the Fifteenth Air Force was established as part of the U.S. Army Air Force in the World War II Mediterranean Theater of Operations as a strategic air force and commenced combat operations the day after it was formed. ... The Eighth Air Force is a numbered air force (NAF) of the major command (MAJCOM) of Air Combat Command of the United States Air Force and it is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. ... This article is about the prefecture. ...


Partridge returned to Headquarters Army Air Forces in January 1946 as assistant chief of staff for operations. He went to Japan in October 1948 as commanding general of the Fifth Air Force, serving through the first year of the Korean War. Partridge was promoted to lieutenant general in April 1951. On his return to the United States in June, Partridge commanded the newly formed Air Research and Development Command at Baltimore, Maryland, until June 1953 when he went to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as Deputy Chief of Operations for Operations. The Fifth Air Force (5AF), with headquarters currently located at Yokota Air Base,Japan, is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders... Nickname: Motto: The Greatest City in America,[4] Get in on it. ...


Going to Japan in April 1954 as a four-star general he became commander of the Far East Air Forces at Tokyo. Partridge returned home in July 1955 and was named commander in chief of the North American Air Defense Command and its Air Force component, the Air Defense Command, at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs. He retired from active duty on July 31, 1959 and died on September 7, 1990. The NORAD logo. ... ... The NORAD logo. ... Colorado Springs is a middle-sized city, located just east of the geographic center of the state of Colorado in the United States. ...


General Partridge's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, four Air Medals, World War I Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm, Companion, British Order of the Bath, French Croix de Guerre with two Palms, Chevalier, with Commander's Cross with Star, French Legion of Honor, Polish Order of Polonia Restituta, and the Korean Order of Military Merit. The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross. ... The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces that is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... The World War I Victory Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was first created in 1919. ... The American Defense Service Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was created in 1941 by Executive Order of President Franklin Roosevelt. ... WWII Victory Medal The World War II Victory Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was created by an act of Congress in July 1945. ... The Korean Service Medal is a decoration of the United States military and was created in November 1950 by order of President Harry Truman. ... The United Nations Service Medal is an international military decoration which was established by the United Nations on December 12, 1950. ... Badge of a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division) The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly The Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath)[1] is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... The Croix de guerre is a military decoration of both Belgium and France which was first created in 1915. ... Medal for the officer class, decorated with a rosette Napoleon wearing the Grand Cross The President of France is the Grand Master of the Legion. ... The Order of Polonia Restituta is a Polish Order (decoration), established on February 4, 1921. ...


This article incorporates text from [1], a public domain work of the United States Government. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... A work of the United States Government is, as defined by United States copyright law, a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that persons official duties. ...


 
 

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