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General James V. Edmundson


General James V. Edmundson entered military service in February 1937 as a Flying Cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He participated in World War II from the start of U.S. involvement until the very end: he was stationed in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, and he led the formation of B-29's that flew over Tokyo Bay while the Japanese were signing the surrender papers. Edmundson also flew 32 combat missions in Korea and 42 combat missions in Vietnam. One of his last military assignments was as the Director of Operations for the Strategic Air Command. Edmundson has been honored for his military service many times. His decorations include: 3 Distinguished Service Medals, 7 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 8 Air Medals. He retired in March 1973 as a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Air Force.

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