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Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
General Curtis E. LeMay
 
General Curtis E. LeMay Marker (side A) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
1. General Curtis E. LeMay Marker (side A)
 
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
A primary architect of American air power, Curtis Emerson LeMay was born in Columbus in 1906, attended public schools, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in civil engineering. He received his flight training through the Reserve Officers Training Corps and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1929. Before World War II, he pioneered air routes to Africa and England; during the war he developed tactical and strategic doctrine used in bombing operations in Europe and the South Pacific, often leading his forces in combat. He was promoted to general in 1944. In 1947, following the organization of the U.S.Air Force (USAF), LeMay was appointed commander of USAF Europe, directing operations during the Berlin Airlift at the dawn of the Cold War. (Continued on other side)

[Marker Reverse]:
(Continued from other side) In 1948 General LeMay assumed command of Strategic Air Command (SAC), one of three new air commands, responsible for conducting offensive combat operations worldwide. Through intensive training and discipline, he built SAC into the most powerful fighting force ever known. The USAF's all-jet nuclear bomber force, supported by professional airmen, characterized America's Cold War posture during the 1950s with its global reach.
 
General Curtis E. LeMay Marker (side B) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
2. General Curtis E. LeMay Marker (side B)
 
An innovator as well as a tactician, LeMay introduced aerial refueling and laid the groundwork for an intercontinental ballistic missile force. He became USAF Vice Chief of Staff in 1957 and Chief of Staff in 1961. He retired in 1965, still rated as a command pilot. He died in 1990. General Curtis LeMay was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1972.
 
Erected 2003. (Marker Number 82-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 0.318′ N, 83° 1.03′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Tuttle Park Place and Neil Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Tuttle Park Place. Click for map. Marker is in front of Converse Hall, the ROTC Building, which is across Woody Hayes Drive from Ohio Stadium. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom Brutus (here, next to this marker); The Lane Avenue Bridges (approx. mile away); Wilbur H. Siebert Collection (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roy J. Plunkett (approx. 0.4 miles away); University Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ohio State University (approx. half a mile away); The Underground Railroad on University Land (approx. half a mile away); Browning Amphitheatre / The Outdoor Performance Center (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
General Curtis E. LeMay Marker in front of Converse Hall Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
3. General Curtis E. LeMay Marker in front of Converse Hall
 
 
General Curtis E. LeMay Photo, Click for full size
4. General Curtis E. LeMay
LeMay served the Army Air Corps from 1930 to 1947, then with the formation of the United States Air Force, served that branch until 1965. (From the official Air Force photographic collection)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,844 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   4. submitted on October 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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