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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1924

Vol. VII

(Born Ind.)

Edward Higgins White​a

(Ap'd Ind.)


(Born May 22, 1901 at Fort Wayne, IN.)​b

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1920, to June 12, 1924, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieutenant, Air Corps.

At Brooks Field, Tex., student officer, Air Corps Primary Flying School, Sept. 12, 1924, to Mar. 15, 1925, when he was graduated; at Kelly Field, Tex., student officer, Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Mar. 15, 1925, to July 1, 1925; at Scott Field, Ill., student officer, Air Corps Balloon and Airship School, July 1, 1925, to July 20, 1926, when he was graduated; rated Balloon Observer and Airship Pilot; flying instructor, July 20, 1926, to July 1, 1929; at Brooks Field, Tex., student officer, at the Air Corps Primary Flying School, July 1, 1929, to

 p1887  First Lieutenant, Air Corps, Oct. 5, 1929.

Feb. 28, 1930, when he was graduated; assigned to Advanced Flying School, Feb. 28, 1930, to June 21, 1930, when he was graduated; rated Airplane Pilot; at Kelly Field, Tex., June 21, 1930, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(1st Lt. A. C., Oct. 5, 1929)

At Kelly Field, Tex., Personnel Adj., June 21, 1930 to June 12, 1931; en route to station to Aug. 14, 1931; at Wheeler Field, T. H., 6th Pursuit Sq., to Mar. 1, 1932; (comdg. from Sept. 12, 1931); Adj., 18th Pursuit Group, to June 10, 1933; en route to U. S. to Aug. 22, 1933; at Washington, D. C., student off., A. I. C., to June 12, 1934; at Chicago, Ill., A. C. Procurement Planning Representative to

(Capt., A. C., Aug. 1, 1935)

Aug. 25, 1935; at Cambridge, Mass., student off., Harvard School of Business Administration, to June 8, 1937; Degree of M. B. Administration; at Wright Field, Ohio, Asst. Budget Off., to Oct. 1, 1939; at Washington, D. C., O., C. of A. C., F. D., to

(Maj., temp., A. C., Mar. 11, 1940)

Apr. 8, 1940; at Maxwell Field, Ala., student off., A. C. Tactical School, to June 26, 1940; at Washington, D. C., O., C. of A. C., to ––––

Aeronautical Ratings: Senior Airplane Pilot, Airship Pilot, Combat Observer, Balloon Observer.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: — Washington DC, OCAC Asst Budget and Fiscal Off, 1 Oct 39–29 Feb 40; Maxwell Fld Ala, Stu ACTS, 1 Mar–

(Maj AUS AC 11 Mar 40)

20 Jun 40; Wright Fld O, Budget Off Material Div, 1 Jul 40–

(Maj AUS 31 Jan 41)

(Maj AC 12 Jun 41)

(Lt Col AUS AC 5 Nov 41)

(Lt Col AUS 24 Dec 41)

(Col AUS AC 1 Mar 42)

10 Jul 42; Patterson Fld O, Budget Off ASC, 11 Jul 42–

(Col AUS 12 Mar 43)

18 Aug 44; Washington DC, Asst Budget and Fiscal Off AAF, 24 Aug 44–

(Lt Col AC 12 Jun 47)

(Brig Gen AFUS 1 Oct 47)


6 Nov 47; Dpty Air Comp USAF, 7 Nov 47–2 Feb 48; Dir Budget USAF, 3 Feb–

(Col USAF 2 Apr 48)

31 Dec 48; Asst Comp USAF, 1 Jan–20 Jul 49; Tokyo Japan, CG 1503 Air Trans Wg MATS, 10 Sep 49 —

Died, Nov. 7, 1978, at St. Petersburg, Fla.: Aged 77.​c

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Edward H. White, II, the first American astronaut to walk in space.

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b Gen. White's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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c Gen. White died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the WPAOG memorial article.

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