VAGUE, Harold R., Papers. 1971 - 1978
Published March 13, 2009
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Call Nos. 168.7072-1 through 27
IRIS Nos. 1020691 through 1020716, 1026911
(1920 - 2007). General Vague was born in Ellsworth, Kansas in 1920 and died 19 February 2007. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. In March 1942, during his first year of law school, General Vague entered active military service as an enlisted man. After basic training, he entered aviation cadet training and received his navigator wings and commission as 2nd Lieutenant in June of 1943. During World War II, General vague served 34 months of overseas service as a B-17 crewmember and returned to the United States in June of 1946. He returned to law school at the University of Colorado in July of 1947 and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of laws degree. He continued his education in 1949 by attending the USAF Navigator/Bombardier School at Mather AFB in California. The General's career started to take the "legal" avenue during 1950 when he was assigned as the assistant legal officer for the 97th Bomb Wing at Biggs AFB in Texas.
Military assignments for General Vague included assistant chief followed by chief of Military Justice Division for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for the Eighth AF (1951), legal staff officer for the USAF Academy (1955), became member of USAF Academy faculty and appointed associate professor of law (1956). While assigned at the academy, he attended the University of Denver for graduate study in political science. In 1959, General Vague was assigned as staff judge advocate for 3rd Air Division, in 1961 he was assigned to HQ USAF as chief of the Legislative Division in the Office of the JAG, staff judge advocate for 15th AF in June 1965, and in 1969 the staff judge advocate for HQ Pacific Air Forces. In August of 1972, the general returned to HQ USAF to assume duties as assistant judge advocate general. Effective 1 October 1973, the president appointed General Vague as the judge advocate general which carries the permanent grade of major general with his date of rank to be 1 February 1971. General Vague remained at that appointed assignment until his retirement from the military on 1 October 1977.
The documentation within this collection primarily consists of the official correspondence associated with the duties performed by General Vague from September 1971 through September 1977.
Additional information can be found in the Oral History Interview of Major General Harold R. Vague, Call # K239.0512-2132 with the IRIS # 1114877.