5.3 cu ft

Call No. 168.604

IRIS Nos. 0124129-0124181

(1888-1945). Lieutenant General. USAAF, 1916-1945. Born 19 January 1888, Fort Mason, CA. BS, United States Military Academy, 1912. Signal Corps Aviation School, 1916 (Aero Club of America Land Plane Pilot Certificate No. 535, July 1916); Command and General Staff School, 1923; Army War College, 1925.Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, June 1912 and served to grade of First Lieutenant, 1912-1916; began duty with Aviation Section, Signal Corps, October 1916. Career assignments include: Assistant Chief, Air Service, Zone of Advance, American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918; various duties as company and field grade officer, 1918-1927; Commandant, Air Corps Flying School, 1927-1930; Commanding Officer, 20th Pursuit Group, 1932-1936; Assistant Commandant, Air Corps Tactical School, 1938-1940; various commands, 1940-1941; Chief of Air Staff, HQ USAAF, 1942; Commanding General, US Army Forces, South Pacific Area, 1942-1944; Commanding General, USAAF, Pacific Ocean Area, 1944-1945. Lost in an aircraft crash at sea near the Marshall Islands, 26/27 February 1945. Declared dead 27 February 1946.

Personal and official papers relating to Harmon's military career. Includes official and personal correspondence (1917-1945) pertaining in general to Harmon's career. Also includes a diary from 1941 tour of British antiaircraft defenses and a personal diary (January-March 1941). Contains copies of various official regulations, manuals, and other publications (1910-1941) as well as items on various topics collected by Harmon. Includes many photographs of his early career, duty in the South Pacific, as well as family albums. Also includes a scrapbook on Harmon's brother-in-law, Major Harold M. Clark, for whom Clark Air Base, The Philippines, was named. Includes copies of some of Harmon's personnel records.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collections, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include an oral history interview with transcript (1943), reports and messages on the Central Pacific air-sea search in 1945 for General Harmon's plane (168.7080).

Related materials located in the National Archives include other personal papers.