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Thomas D. White

Thomas D. White
US Air Force Photo
Birth name Thomas Dresser White
Nickname(s) Tom
Born August 6, 1901
Walker, Minnesota
Died December 22, 1965(1965-12-22) (aged 64)
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
United States Army
Years of service 1920–1961
Rank General
Commands held Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
Fifth Air Force
Seventh Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Air Medal (2)

General Thomas Dresser White (August 6, 1901 – December 22, 1965) was the fourth Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.

Life and career

White was born in Walker, Minnesota, in 1901. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy on July 2, 1920, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and immediately promoted to First Lieutenant.

Entering the 14th Infantry Regiment at Fort Davis, Panama Canal Zone.

In September 1924, he entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas. He graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, in September 1925, and was assigned duty with the 99th Observation Squadron at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C..

In June 1927, White was assigned to duty as a student of the Chinese language in Peking, China. Four years later, he returned to the United States for duty at Headquarters Air Corps, Washington, D.C.

White was named assistant military attache for air to Russia in February 1934. A year later, he was appointed assistant military attache for air to Italy and Greece, with station at Rome.

White graduated from the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Alabama, in May 1938. He then entered Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon completion of this training, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Air Corps, Washington, D.C.

In April 1940, White became military attache to Brazil and the following August was named chief of the U.S. Military Air Mission to Brazil.

Returning to the United States in March 1942, White was appointed assistant chief of staff for operations of the Third Air Force at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, and subsequently named chief of staff.

Reassigned to Air Force Headquarters in January 1944, he became assistant chief of air staff for intelligence.

Proceeding to the Southwest Pacific in September 1944, White assumed duty as the deputy commander of the Thirteenth Air Force, taking part in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Borneo campaigns. The following June, he assumed command of the Seventh Air Force in the Marianas and immediately moved with it to Okinawa. In January 1946, he returned with the Seventh Air Force to Hawaii. That October, he was appointed chief of staff of the Pacific Air Command in Tokyo, Japan. One year later, in October 1947, White took command of the Fifth Air Force in Japan.

Transferred to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force in October 1948, White became director of the Legislation and Liaison. He was appointed, in May 1950, Air Force

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