Retired. Died Jan. 9, 1983.
Beverly Howard Warren was born in Oklaunion, Texas, in 1911, the son of Ben H. Warren, Ph.D., and Ollie B. Warren, D.Lit, both professors at Waland College in Plainview, Texas for many years. General Warren attended Wayland College and graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 1935. He began his military career as a flying cadet on Feb. 21, 1955, receiving his pilot's wings one year later at Kelly Field. After graduation he served for another four years a flying cadet stationed at Brooks Field, March Field and Barksdale Field and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on March 1, 1937. That same year he was transferred to Randolph Field for duty as a flight instructor, remaining there until the spring of 1940.
In June 1940 he began the first of a number of tours with the command now known as Air Materiel Command. From 1940 to 1944, with duty as Air Force plant representative, he assisted in establishing several of the World War II modification centers, served as technical assistant for the Midwestern Procurement District and as plant representative at Martin-Omaha where the Martin B-26 airplanes and later B-29s were manufactured.
Late in 1944 General Warren, then lieutenant colonel, was assigned overseas duty as deputy commander of the 19th Bombardment Group in the Pacific area. After combat duty he became deputy chief of staff Engineering, 20th Air Force. During this period he was awarded the Legion of Merit for developing B-29 cruise control procedures which were later adopted as Air Force standards allowing an increase of bomb loads, and at the same time reducing fuel loading.
Immediately after V-J Day, General Warren flew one of the first Air Force planes to Japan with a special assignment to survey adequacy of Japanese air fields to accommodate American planes of the occupation force. Returning to Guam after this assignment, he undertook some special flight projects and was accredited by the Federal Aeronautic Internationale for establishing world records for taking the heaviest payload to 33,435 feet and for establishing the world altitude record carrying a payload of 15,000 kilograms to 39,520 feet, using a B-29.
In January 1946 General Warren was transferred to the Philippine Islands as commanding officer of Fort McKinley, with additional duty as chief of special projects, Headquarters PACUSA. In June of that year that returned to the United States to prepare B-29 for a record distance flight; this culminated in the B-29 PACUSAN Dreamboat non-stop flight from Hawaii over the North Pole to Cairo, Egypt in October 1946. He acted as pilot on this flight under Lieutenant General Clarence S. Irvine, aircraft commander.
In November 1946 he was reassigned from PACUSA back to Air Materiel Command. During the next five years he served at Fort Worth, Texas, first as Air Force plant representative with Convair where the first experimental B-36 was then being tested. General Warren assisted in accomplishing much of the initial B-36 test work and performed production test flights, accepting many of the subsequently manufactured airplanes. He then became chief of the Fort Worth Procurement Field Office and later chief of the Fort Worth Procurement District. During his tour in Fort Worth, he was selected and attended the advanced Business Management Course at Harvard University.
In 1951 he was transferred to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Headquarters Air Materiel Command, for duty as chief of the Production Division and later became deputy director of Procurement and Production Directorate.
In 1953 General Warren was transferred to Oklahoma City as deputy commander of the Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area and one year later in November 1954 was assigned again to overseas duty in Japan as deputy for Materiel of the Far East Air Forces. Just prior to this transfer in October l954 he was promoted to the grade of brigadier general. During his time with FEAF, General Warren was largely responsible for the initiating of a program for the manufacture of T-33 and F-86 planes built in Japan by Japanese Aircraft Companies. Mutual Defense Assistance Program commitments by the United States for these airplanes to Japan were successfully filled by subsequent production.
General Warren returned to Air Materiel Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. In July 1957 and he again was assigned to duty in the Directorate of Procurement and Production. During the next year he concentrated on the procurement of airplanes under the weapons system concept which recognizes a requirement for close coordination between the procuring command and training and using commands. In September 1958 General Warren was named aeronautical systems manager when the operational and staff responsibilities of the Directorate of Procurement and Production were divided and the Aeronautical Systems Office established, on a command status under Air Materiel Command. In this assignment, General Warren will be responsible for procurement, production, maintenance and supply activities pertaining to the initiation of Aeronautical Weapons Systems. Under his direction the weapons systems project offices for each type of airplane will act as the focal point for the integration of time phased responsibilities of all Air Force commands concerned while the weapons systems are being manufactured.
Active in tennis; fond of salt water fishing and boating.
Accomplished cabinet maker having made many of the pieces of furniture in his home today.
Appears as speaker in numerous civic functions.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Brevet Militare Pilote (France)
Distinguished Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with four oak leaf clusters
OPINIONS, TASTES AND EVALUATIONS
Enjoys historical fiction and adventure stories.
Staff officers serving with him have said, "I won't say a tour with you is easy, but I have enjoyed it, accomplishing and learning a lot."
Insists on accuracy and accomplishment, is intolerant of slipshod work.
Prefers casual clothes -- is partial to blue clothes as well as in living surroundings.