Curtis LeMay

1906 - 1990

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Curtis Emerson LeMay (November 15, 1906 – October 1, 1990) was an American Air Force general who implemented an effective but controversial strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II. He later served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965. LeMay joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, the precursor to the U.S. Air Force, in 1929 while studying civil engineering at Ohio State University. He had risen to the rank of major by the time of Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the United States's subsequent entry into World War II. He commanded the 305th Operations Group from October 1942 until September 1943, and the 3rd Air Division in the European theatre of World War II until August 1944, when he was transferred to the China Burma India Theater. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Curtis LeMay has received more than 1,975,049 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Curtis LeMay is the 5,987th most popular politician (down from 5,376th in 2019), the 2,091st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,749th in 2019) and the 127th most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, Curtis LeMay ranks 5,987 out of 15,710Before him are Cunipert, Virginia de' Medici, İsa Çelebi, Qapaghan Qaghan, Grimoald the Younger, and Leo V, King of Armenia. After him are Gaius Claudius Marcellus Minor, Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine, Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Abba Eban, Charaton, and Fu Jian.

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Among people born in 1906, Curtis LeMay ranks 96Before him are Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Brigitte Helm, Rezső Kasztner, Joaquín Balaguer, Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, and Phạm Văn Đồng. After him are Louise Brooks, Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Luis Federico Leloir, Philippe Halsman, Denis de Rougemont, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Among people deceased in 1990, Curtis LeMay ranks 66Before him are Lewis Mumford, Nicola Abbagnano, Nina Kulagina, Delphine Seyrig, Dexter Gordon, and Manuel Puig. After him are Volodymyr Shcherbytsky, Viktor Tsoi, J. C. R. Licklider, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Tadeusz Kantor, and Gerald Bull.

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Among people born in United States, Curtis LeMay ranks 2,091 out of 15,968Before him are Renée Taylor (1933), Dana Elcar (1927), Frederik Pohl (1919), James B. Donovan (1916), Roy Sullivan (1912), and Jonathan Frakes (1952). After him are Charlie Wilson (1933), Ethel Barrymore (1879), Katey Sagal (1954), Kamehameha II (1797), Larry Silverstein (1931), and Alexander Shulgin (1925).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Curtis LeMay ranks 127Before him are John Hancock (1737), Samuel Adams (1722), Robert Todd Lincoln (1843), Janet Yellen (1946), Henry L. Stimson (1867), and Hubert Humphrey (1911). After him are Kamehameha II (1797), Paul Wolfowitz (1943), Ron Paul (1935), Prescott Bush (1895), Alben W. Barkley (1877), and Jack Kemp (1935).