Augustus F. Gearhard

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Augustus F. Gearhard
Born (1893-04-18)April 18, 1893
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died March 31, 1975(1975-03-31) (aged 81)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank Brigadier General

Augustus F. Gearhard (April 18, 1893 – March 31, 1975) was a Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and a Roman Catholic priest.

Biography[edit]

Gearhard was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1893.[1] He would attend St. Francis Seminary and was ordained in 1917. Gearhard died on March 31, 1975.

Military career[edit]

Gearhard originally joined the United States Army in 1918 and was deployed overseas to take part in World War I. During World War II he served with the V Fighter Command, the Fifth Air Force, and the Far East Air Force. Following the war he was named chaplain of the Air Defense Command. Gearhard transferred to the Air Force upon its establishment in 1947. In 1949 he was named chaplain of the United States Air Forces in Europe before becoming Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the Air Force in 1950.

Awards he received include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and the Legion of Merit.

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