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Alfred August Kessler, American army officer. Decorated Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with cluster. Distinguished Service Medal. Norwegian Order of St. Olav, Belgian Croix d’Guerre with palm, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Order of Suvorov, Swedish Silver Medal, Swedish Order of the Sword.


Kessler, Alfred August was born on August 3, 1898 in Union Hill, New Jersey, United States. Son of Alfred A. and Jane (Demorest) Kessler.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1922, Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1932. Graduate Air Service Primary Flying School, 1923, Advanced Flying School, 1924, Air Corps Engineer School, 1929, Tactical School, 1939.


1 son, Alfred A. III. Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1922. Advanced through the grades to brigadier general, 1944. Served with heavy bomber groups and as wing commander 8th Air Force, England, April 1943-March 1944.

Commanding general American Air Force in Russia (shuttle bomber bases), March 1944-October 1944. Wing commander 8th Air Force, England. Military attache, American embassy, Stockholm, Sweden, October 1944-1947.

Director procurement and industrial planning headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, 1947-1950. Deputy director maintenance, supply and services, 1950-1951. Director of supply and services, Washington, 1951-1952.

Commanding general 4th Air Force, September, since 1952.


Married Polly Jane Crane, July 16, 1924.

Alfred A. Kessler

Jane (Demorest) Kessler

Polly Jane Crane