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Tarmacs and Trenches: Life and Disappearance of Lt Gen Millard F. Harmon, Jr.

by Robert G. Novotny

Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon, Jr. was the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces in the Pacific Oceans Area when he went missing in the Pacific on February 26, 1945. As AAFPOA, Harmon commanded one of the largest air organizations in history. Harmon’s life as an airpower pioneer serves as a model for the modern, joint warfighting airman. In his formative years, Harmon formed life-long friendships with men who defined the United States Army and her air arm: Arnold, Foulois, Mitchell, Spaatz, Twining, Chennault, Doolittle and more. Harmon commanded multiple organizations and air bases, spent two critical years serving as the Assistant Commandant of the Air Corps Tactical School, and defined how America’s fledgling airmen would prepare for war. Despite eventually leading the South Pacific air operations for Admiral Halsey, and serving as the modern day JFACC to Admiral Nimitz, he was seen as an outsider and possible threat to the singular goal of an independent air arm. Little has ever been written about Harmon and his impact prior to and during World War II. A legacy cut short by his mysterious death and ignored by pioneers who would stop short of nothing to achieve their vision of air warfare