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Chester Earl McCarty, American lawyer, retired air force officer. Bar: Oregon 1928.


McCarty, Chester Earl was born on December 31, 1905 in Stage Gulch near Pendleton, Oregon, United States. Son of Albert Guy and Nancy Elizabeth (Odom) McCarty.


Northwestern College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1929). Delta Theta Phi. Legal Advisor to Governor of Oregon, 1931-1933. Special Assistant Attorney General, 1930-1935.

Elected State Senator, 1942 and withdrew to enter Military Service. Counsel to Legislative Interim Committee on Aviation, 1947-1949. Special Assistant Attorney General as Advisor on Aviation Law, 1947 Counsel for Oregon State Board of Aeronautics, 1947-1950.

Commissioner, Port of Portland Commission, 1947-1950. Trustee, Lewis & Clark College, since 1969. Vice Chairman, Law School Committee of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, 1969-1979.

Chairman, since 1980. Commander, 315th Air Division, 12th, 14th and 18th Air Forces, 19521960. Assistant Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, 1960-1962.

Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, Europe, 1963-1966. Retired as Major General, United States Air Force, 1966. Resumed active practice of law, March 1, 1966.


Since practiced in, Portland. Senior member McCarty, Swindells & Nelson and predecessor firms, 1929-1977. Of counsel Gleason, Scarborough, McNeese, O'Brien & Barnes, Professional Corporation, 1977-1999.

Legal adviser to Governor of Oregon, 1931-1933. Special assistant attorney general Oregon, 1931-1936. Chairman Republican Central Committee, Multnomah County, 1934-1936.

Elected state senator (declined to serve due to military service), 1943. Advanced through grades to colonel A.C. United States Army, 1942-1946. Commissioner Port of Portland (Oregon), 1950-1954.

Brigadier general United States Air Force, 1948-1952. Member Reserve Forces Policy Board, 1948-1950, major general, 1953. Commander 305th Air Division Very Heavy Bombardment, 1948-1950, 403d Troop Carrier Wing, 1951-1952, 315th Air Division (combat cargo), also Korean Airlift, 1952-1954.

Senior Air Force member O'Daniel mission to Indo-China during French occupation, 1952-1954 Commander 18th Air Force, 1954-1957. Commander 12th Air Force, 1957-1959, 14th Air Force, 1959-1960. Assistant chief staff Reserve Forces, United States Air Force, 1960-1963.

Chief staff United States Air Forces in Europe, 1963-1966, retired as major general. Former member Judicial Conference 4th and 9th United States Circuits.


Trustee Lewis and Clark College, Air Force History Society, Northwestern School Law, 1969-1987, now life trustee. Board directors Oregon Trail chapter American Red Cross, 1966-1979. Member National Rifle Association (life), Air Reserve Association (life, national president 1947-1948), American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (Oregon president 1977-1978), Oregon State Bar, Reserve Officers Association (life), Air Force Association (life), Izaak Walton League American (life), Lang Syne Society (president 1971), Explorers Club, American Rod and Gun Clubs Europe (honorary vice president), Military Order World Wars (life) American Legion (life), Veterans of Foreign Wars (life), DAV (life), Order Daedalians (life), Arlington Club, Waverley Country Club, University Club (honorary life), Multnomah Athletic Club, Ends of Earth Club, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Prince Albert Club (Brussels), Scottish Rite (33 degree Grand Cross of the Court of Honor award 1989), Knights of Red Cross of Constantine, Royal Order Scotland, Masons, Shriners, York Rite Masonic Bodies, Rotary, Delta Theta Phi (life).


Married Julia Caroline Gromoff, July 17, 1926 (deceased September 1989).

Albert Guy McCarty

Nancy Elizabeth (Odom) McCarty

Julia Caroline Gromoff