Retired Aug. 31, 1964.
Brigadier General Albert L. Pearl is the deputy chief of staff, Comptroller Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and has held this position since August 1962. General Pearl came to USAFE after an extended stay at Strategic Air Command headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., where he was the director of comptroller.
A graduate of Reynolds High School in 1930, General Pearl entered the University of Nebraska in 1932 on a Union Pacific Railroad scholarship for outstanding 4-H Club work in Thayer County, Neb. He received his bachelor of science degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the reserves in 1957. He then joined the staff of the University of Alaska and was ordered to active duty in October of 1940 as assistant professor of Military Science and Tactics of the University of Alaska. In the summer of 1941 he was transferred to duty with the Air Corps and assigned to Ladd Field, Alaska.
During the ensuing two years, successive jobs as base adjutant, base personnel officer and base executive were held. In May of 1943 he was assigned to Headquarters Alaskan Division, Air Transport Command, as director of personnel and administration.
In March of 1945 he was reassigned to the newly formed Continental Air Forces where his duties included chief, Personnel Requirements and Resources Division. In November of 1945 General Pearl returned overseas, this time to the newly organized. European Air Transport Service as assistant chief of staff personnel, a position he held until his return to the United States and reassignment to the Alaskan Air Command in 1947. Back in Alaska he served successively as base and wing executive of the 500lst Wing, Ladd Air Force Base.
In 1949 General Pearl joined the 311th Air Division, Topeka, Kan., (later to be designated Second Air Force and moved to Barksdale Air Force Base, La.,) as director of personnel. In 1950 he became Comptroller of Second Air Force which position he held until reassigned to Headquarters SAC as deputy director of Comptroller in 1953.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
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
Air Force Reserve Medal