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 a 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 2,190,467 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Curtis LeMay is the 6,192nd most popular politician (down from 5,981st in 2019), the 2,084th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,090th in 2019) and the 130th most popular Politician.

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Among politicians, Curtis LeMay ranks 6,192 out of 15,577Before him are García Sánchez II of Pamplona, Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin, Tai Jia, Ernesto Zedillo, Kayqubad III, and Meles Zenawi. After him are Phạm Văn Đồng, Chilperic of Aquitaine, Carlos Antonio López, Franz Vranitzky, Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat, and King Nan of Zhou.

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Among people born in 1906, Curtis LeMay ranks 97Before him are Carol Reed, Joaquín Balaguer, Giuseppe Siri, Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse, Louise Brooks, and Edmond Debeaumarché. After him are Phạm Văn Đồng, Philippe Halsman, Jack Churchill, Berthold, Margrave of Baden, George Sanders, and José Figueres Ferrer. Among people deceased in 1990, Curtis LeMay ranks 65Before him are Jim Henson, Lewis Mumford, Sergei Dovlatov, Angelo Schiavio, Delphine Seyrig, and Samuel Noah Kramer. After him are Samuel Doe, Nina Kulagina, Tadeusz Kantor, Nicola Abbagnano, Manuel Puig, and Meir Kahane.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Curtis LeMay ranks 2,084 out of 18,182Before him are Tanya Roberts (1955), Harpo Marx (1888), John Derek (1926), Lewis Hine (1874), William Halsey Jr. (1882), and Agnes Smedley (1892). After him are Mary McDonnell (1952), Asher Brown Durand (1796), John Young (1930), John Bates Clark (1847), Gregg Popovich (1949), and Abner Doubleday (1819).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Curtis LeMay ranks 130Before him are Wolfgang Kapp (1858), Sam Houston (1793), Paul Ryan (1970), Jack Kemp (1935), Paul Wolfowitz (1943), and Leland Stanford (1824). After him are Ron Paul (1935), Paul P. Harris (1868), Prescott Bush (1895), Henry A. Wallace (1888), Oliver Winchester (1810), and Robert Todd Lincoln (1843).