James M. Vande Hey

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James Michael Vande Hey (March 15, 1916 – December 21, 2009) was a Brigadier General in the United States Air Force.


Vande Hey was born in Wisconsin in 1916.[1] He graduated from high school in Antigo, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of the Philippines, and the University of the Philippines Manila. Vande Hey died on December 21, 2009.


Vande Hey was commissioned an officer in the United States Army Air Forces in 1941. During World War II Vande Hey was stationed on Midway Atoll. Following the war he was assigned to Truax Field. In 1949 he was assigned to The Pentagon. He was given command of the 86th Air Division in 1966. His retirement was effective as of May 1, 1971.

Awards he received include the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with silver service star and two bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster, and the Missile Badge.