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Major General Perry M. Hoisington II:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired June 30, 1965.  
Perry M. Hoisington II, was born at West Point, N.Y., in 1916, the son of Colonel and Mrs. Gregory Hoisington. He was one of six children, three boys and three girls.
Prior to his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1939, General Hoisington attended John Hopkins University, 1934-35.
One year after having received his degree and commission, he graduated from Kelly Field in Texas and became a pilot in the U. S. Air Corps.
For the first several years of World War II, General Hoisington served in the Training Command. He joined the first B-29 organization, the 20th Bomber Command, and served in combat actions against the Japanese from India, China and the Mariannas Islands. He participated in the first daylight and night missions of B-29s against the Japan mainland.
Following the war, General Hoisington was assigned as the first commander of the Atomic Test Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. This was followed by his attendance at the Air Command and Staff School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and assignment to the Air Force Office of Atomic Energy in the Pentagon.
General Hoisington was one of the first officers to be assigned to the new Air Research and Development Command when it was activated in 1950. Upon finishing this tour of duty, he attended the Air War College and was then assigned to NATO's Allied Forces Southern Europe in Italy.
Upon returning to the United States, the General joined the Strategic Air Command where for 5 1/2 years he commanded the 818th; 57th, 820th, and 6th Air Divisions, respectively.
During the past year, General Hoisington has served as deputy director of legislative liaison, and has received orders to assume the position of director July 1, l962.
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Army Air Force Flying School, Kelly Field, Texas
Air Command and Staff School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
B-47 Transition Training School, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
American Defense Medal
Distinguished Unit Badge
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Army Combat Ribbon
American Campaign Ribbon
Commendation Ribbon
Three unit citations


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