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Lieutenant General U.S. Air Force and Former Inspector General of the Air Force. Gerald W. Johnson was born in Owenton, Kentucky in 1919. He joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College, but left college in 1941 to enter the Aviation Cadet program at Randolph Field, Texas. In April 1942, he earned his wings and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. During World War II, Johnson was a member of the Eighth Air Force and served in the 56th Fighter Group. He was the first "ace" in the 56th and the second "ace" in the European Theater of Operations. He is credited with 18 air-to-air victories. He flew 88 missions in the 15 months of combat duty before being shot down and spending 13 months in a German prison camp. Following the war, he continued his military career and was given his first command in 1954 as the commander of the 508th Strategic Fighter Wing (F-84). Thereafter he served in numerous command and administrative positions, and his career continued to advance until he finally took command of the Eighth Air Force, Strategic Air Command in Guam from September 1971 through September 1973. Johnson was appointed the Inspector General of the Air Force on Oct. 1, 1973. He graduated from Boston University in 1950 and has done graduate work at The George Washington University. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the French, Croix de Guerre.

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