General Lewis H. Brereton (born June 21, 1890; Died July 20, 1967) graduated from the U.S.Naval Academy in 1911 and was one of the first graduates of the Signal Corps Aviation School (1913). In WWI, he commanded the 12th Aero Squadron, one of the first American flying units
on the front; at the beginning of World War II he was commander of the Far East Air Force in the Philippines; then Deputy Air Commander-in-Chief, Allied Air Forces, in Java (January-June 1942); Commander, Middle East Air Forces (9th Air Force, June 1942-October 1943); Commanding General of the Ninth Air Force in the European Theater (October 1943-August 1944); and Commander of the First Allied Airborne Army (August 1944-May 1945).
After the War until his retirement in 1948 he was Chairman of the Military Liaison Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C.
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