Died March 25, 1989.
Daniel Webster Jenkins was born in 1907, in Floydada, Texas, and graduated from high school there in 1924. He then attended West Texas and State Teachers College for one year and Texas Technological College for three years.
Appointed a flying cadet in October 1928, he graduated from primary and advanced flying schools and was rated a pilot and commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Reserve in October 1929. He received his regular commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Corps in January 1930, and was assigned to the 3rd Attack at Fort Crockett, Texas. In June 1935 he graduated from the Air Corps Technical School at Chanute Field, Ill., and was appointed base operations officer at Barksdale Field, La. In January 1937 he was appointed assistant operations officer of the 3rd Wing at Barksdale Field and the following December was named operations and intelligence officer of the 8th Attack Squadron at that station.
In June 1939, General Jenkins was transferred to Wheeler Field, Hawaii, as base technical inspector and base adjutant. In May of 1940 he assumed command of the 78th Pursuit Squadron at Wheeler Field. Returning to the United States in October 1940 he was appointed base executive officer at Eglin Field, Fla., and in June 1941 became director of Training at the Army Air Force Gunnery School at Tyndall Field, Fla. During the summer and fall of 1941, General Jenkins was on temporary duty in London, England, as a military observer. In December 1942 he was named director of training at the Central Flexible Gunnery Instructors School at Buckingham Army AirField, Fort Myers, Fla. The following month he assumed command of Buckingham Army Air Base. In July 1943 he again went to England as a flexible gunnery officer with the 95th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. On Aug. 12, 1943, he was shot down over Belgium in a B-17 and was captured and remained a prisoner of war until April 29, 1945. Upon return to the United States, General Jenkins became deputy commander of Columbia Army Air Base, S.C., and in November 1945 assumed command of that base.
General Jenkins graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in July 1946, and was assigned to staff duty in the Plans and Policy Group, War Department General Staff. This was followed by duty on the staff of Headquarters U.S. Air Force upon separation of the Air Force from the Army in 1948. He entered the National War College in August 1948 and upon graduation remained on the staff of that institution for two years.
In August 1951 General Jenkins was assigned to the Twelfth Air Force in Germany as assistant chief of staff for Operations. He was named chief of staff in May 1953, and in October of that year was appointed deputy commander of the Twelfth Air Force. General Jenkins returned to the United States in July of 1954, to become commandant of the Tactical Air Command's USAF Air Ground Operations School at Southern Pines, N.C.
In August 1957, General Jenkins was assigned as deputy commander, Ninth Air Force, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., which position he now holds.
Hobbies are golf, which he generally shoots in the high 70s; boats (he has presently a 20 foot inboard cruiser); hunting and salt water fishing.
He and his family are Presbyterians and take part in the usual civic activities of the local community at every opportunity. Not presently a member of any local civic organizations.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Legion of Merit
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal, World War II
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
OPINIONS, TASTES AND EVALUATIONS
Normal tastes for good cooking. Conservative in dress, admires his wife's taste in antiques.
Prefers Horatio Hornblower, classical music, hates abstract art, enjoys moderate climate, not particularly interested in travel.
Feels strongly that mottoes and so-called philosophies of life are crutches for weak minds.
Values sincerity and a sense of responsibility as the two most important characteristics in individuals.
Approachable and likes to deal on the basis of facts, not generalities or opinions.
Shot down in B-17 over Belgium Aug. 12, 1943. Captured by German forces same date.
Wounded in aerial combat, prisoner of war from Aug. 12, 1943 to April 29, 1945.