Considered "one of the founding fathers of the United States Air Force," General Hoyt S. Vandenberg (1899-1954) was Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1948 to 1953. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his role in planning the Normandy invasion in 1944 as commander of the Ninth Air Force, the largest air command in history.
During his career, General Vandenberg earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Victory Medal, American Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon and the European-African-Middle East Campaign Ribbon, as well as many foreign decorations. Known for his good looks, Marilyn Monroe once named Vandenberg as one of the three people with whom she would want to be stranded on a deserted island.
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