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army officer.

Frank O’Driscoll Hunter, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Cross with 4 oak leaves, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Croix de Guette with palm (France), C.B.E. (British). Member Society of the Cincinnati (honorary).


Hunter, Frank O’Driscoll was born on December 8, 1894 in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Son of John Heard and Fanny (O’Driscoll) Hunter.


Educated Hitchkiss School, 1909-1913. Unmarried. Sergt., First lieutenant, Aviation Secretary, Officers’ Reserve Corps, 1917. Commissioned First lieutenant, Aviation Secretary, Signal Corps, regular army November 28, 1920, advanced through grades to major general, November 30, 1943.

Served with 103d Aero Squadron, American Expeditionary Force, May 1917-January 1919. Officially credited with destruction of 8 enemy aircraft. Wounded in action, June 2, 1918.

3 time member of Caterpillar Club. Military observer and assistant air attache, American Embassy, Paris, and American Embassy, London, May-October 1940. Commanding general, VIII Fighter Command.

European Theater of Operations, May 1942-August 1943. Commanding general, First Air Force, September 1943-November 1945. Retired as major general March 1946.


Member Society of the Cincinnati (honorary). Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia), Oglethorpe (Savannah, Georgia).


John Heard Hunter

Fanny (O’Driscoll) Hunter