Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Major General James Franklin Hackler, Jr.
Born in Marion, Virginia, General James Hackler grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1943. He was then assigned to the European Theater of Operations where he served as pilot, squadron commander and group operations officer in England, France and Germany. In September 1956, Colonel Hackler was assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base where he served as Director of operations for the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing. In this position, he was instrumental in the development of a worldwide deployment capability as part of Tactical Air Command's Composite Air Strike Force. The CASF was a mobile rapid deployment strike force of fighter-bomber aircraft with both conventional and nuclear capability. Subsequent assignments included the National War College and service in the Directorate of Operational Requirements and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A command pilot with more than 5,300 flying hours, General Hackler was checked out in more than 45 types of aircraft. His numerous decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 20 oak leaf clusters, and the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Gilt Star.
Location. Touch for map. Located in Market Common at Myrtle Beach, the former site of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel Anthony "Tony" Shine (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General James Howell Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Stephen Richard Phillis (within shouting distance of this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (within shouting distance of this marker); Valor in Combat (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Also see . . . James F. Hackler on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 19, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Military •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.