Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
General Curtis E. LeMay
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)
(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.
Erected 2003. (Marker Number 82-25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection 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. ¼ mile away); Wilbur H. Siebert Collection (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roy J. Plunkett (approx. 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.
Categories. • Air & Space • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • Politics •
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