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Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (1886–1950) was an aviation pioneer and Chief of the United States Army Air Corps (from 1938), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces (from 1941 until 1945) and the first and only General of the Air Force (in 1949). He is the only person to achieve five-star rank in two armed services.[1]

Arnold was born 25 June 1886 in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, to a strong-willed physician of Baptist beliefs and strong Mennonite ties. Hap graduated Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, with the class of 1903.

On 10 September 1913, he married Eleanor "Bee" Pool, the daughter of a banker and one if his father's patients, with Thomas D. Milling as his best man.

Arnold died 15 January 1950 at his home in Sonoma, California, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. ^ Arlington National Cemetery profile.