Retired March 1, 1967. Died Jan. 12, 1994.
Brigadier General Herman Rumsey, commander of the Military Airlift Command's 61st Military Airlift Wing, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, directs airlift operations in an area stretching from halfway between Hawaii and California west to Pakistan and from Japan to Antarctica.
A command pilot with 26 years' military service, General Rumsey is highly regarded for his long and distinguished career with the Military Air Transport Service, now the Military Airlift Command. He was assigned to MATS at its beginning in 1948, and for the last 13 years has been assigned in the Pacific and Far East areas.
General Rumsey was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1918. He is a 1939 graduate of Duke University with a bachelor's degree in economics, entered aviation cadet training in December 1939 and was commissioned in August 1940. During the next seven years he held the positions of flight instructor, squadron commander, director of training and group commander.
In MATS, the general has served as deputy commander, Great Falls Air Force Base, Mont.; deputy chief of staff for operations, Pacific Division, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; chief of Civil Air Division, and later as assistant deputy chief of staff, Comptroller, Headquarters MATS, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; and commander of the 1703rd Air Transport Group, Brookley Air Force Base, Ala.; and the 1503rd Air Transport Wing, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan.
In June 1960, he became deputy chief of staff for materiel, Western Transport Air Force (now the Twenty-second Air Force), Travis Air Force Base. Calif.; and in February 1961 he became chief of staff, Western Transport Air Force. He assumed command of the 1502nd Air Transport Wing (now the 61st) on July 31, 1964.
General Rumsey's decorations include the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.