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Learn more about Daedalian Founder Member #37

Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank

 

Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank

Daedalian Founder Member #37

In His Own Words

Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank is interviewed in 1982 at his residence in Air Force Village, San Antonio, Texas.

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MAJ GEN EUGENE L. EUBANK

 

He was born in Texas in an area that was later claimed to be Oklahoma. By birthright he was a Texas native, which he claimed, but his birth records show him born in Oklahoma.

He was ordered to El Paso, Texas, in 1919 to fly border patrol against Francisco “Pancho” Villa and his guerilla army.

He had movie credits in three productions:

  • “The Green Hornet Strikes Again” (1940) in an uncredited role as Theodore, the crooked financier, in Chapters 10 and 15.
  • “Bombardier” (1943) as himself. The movie starred Pat O’Brien and Randolph Scott. It was billed as “training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax.”
  • “The Story of Dr Wassell” (1944) as an uncredited technical advisor.

 

In 1990, the Daedalians began awarding the Major General Eugene L. Eubank Services Award. The Daedalian trophy and award is presented annually to the Air Force unit (small base) adjudged by Air Force headquarters to have had the best overall special services program in the Air Force during the award period.

 

An Air Pioneer Looks Back

An interview in 1993

In 1917, Eugene L. Eubank was in flying training with a young San Antonian named Sidney J. Brooks Jr. Brooks was killed during the final leg of his solo flight on Nov. 13. Eubank was a pallbearer at his funeral.

In 1993, Brooks was reinterred at the base in San Antonio that carried his name. Eubank was interviewed and reflected on his friendship with Brooks, “a very popular young man that everyone liked.”

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Then a captain, Eugene L. Eubank took the Daedalian oath of membership at a meeting at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Alabama, on Oct. 5, 1934. The letter above is included in “Important Papers of the Order of Daedalians, 1934-1949,” which was assembled by retired Air Force Col. Dyke F. Meyer in January 1973.

The name below Eubank’s is also of note. Muir S. Fairchild was promoted to lieutenant general and named commandant of Air University in January 1946. On May 27, 1948, he became the second vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, with the rank of general. The main academic building at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Air University library are named for him. In his home state of Washington, Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane was named for him shortly after his death in 1950.

The Life and Times of

Maj Gen Eugene L. Eubank

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of the general’s illustrious life.

1892-1997

1892   Born in Mangum, Oklahoma, on Dec. 2.

1916   Applied to participate in a “Plattsburgh Camp,” a volunteer pre-enlistment training program organized by private citizens before the U.S. entry into World War I. The general described it as: “You paid your own expenses to the camp, and you paid for your food, and they provided you tents and officers, the instructors for the camp.” The camps were held at several sites, the largest one being near Plattsburgh, New York.

1917   Joins as Regular Army captain. Applies for a flying position with Hubert R. Harmon, who was the first commandant/superintendent of the Air Force Academy and retired as a lieutenant general.

1917   Attended ground school at the University of Texas, and flight instruction at Kelly Field, with Sidney J. Brooks Jr. Brooks was killed on Nov. 13, 1917, during the final leg of his solo flight in a Curtiss JN-4A. Eubank was a pallbearer at his funeral.

1918   Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Signal Reserve Feb. 13 and assigned at Kelly as a flying instructor. Had an aviation accident in July that left his right leg a half-inch shorter than his left. Assigned to Payne Field, Mississippi, as a flying instructor.

1919   Assigned to border patrol at Ellington Field near Houston in January. His commander was Maj Edgar Gardner Tobin, a San Antonio native and World War I flying ace who, from July 11-28, 1918, scored six confirmed victories. Later that year, served in El Paso, Texas, as an operations officer, and then as an engineer officer in Marfa, Texas, until March 1920.

1920   Attended Air Service Mechanical School at Kelly Field, an advanced maintenance school at a supervisory level. Made his first parachute jump. Received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Service of the Regular Army.

1921   Went with the school to Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois, where he commanded a detachment and served as the adjutant to Maj George E. Stratemeyer.

1922   Assigned to Hawaii. Serves as airplane pilot and observer at Schofield Barracks.

1924   Married Helen Kelly. Served as an aide to Gen Billy Mitchell.

1925   Transferred to McCook Field at Dayton, Ohio.

1926   Only child, a daughter, is born.

1928   Becomes a test pilot. Bomber engine catches on fire while he was testing it.

1931   Graduates from Air Corps Tactical School at Langley Field, Virginia.

1935   Assumes command of General Headquarters Air Force headquarters squadron.

1938   Graduates from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

1941   Ordered to Philippines in fall of 1941.

1943   Under leadership of Gen Muir Fairchild, helped write Field Manual 100-20 titled, “The Command and Employment of Airpower.”

1948  Appointed chief of the Air Force Manpower Group at Air Force headquarters.

1949   Appointed deputy inspector general of the Air Force.

1951   Assumes command of the Technical Training Air Force at Gulfport, Mississippi.

1954   Retired on Dec. 1, with 37 1/2 years of service. At the time he retired, he was the oldest pilot in the Air Force.

1997   Died on April 9 at the age of 104. Interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Sources: Oral History Interview # K 239. 0512-1345 and his official biography on www.us.af.mil.

 

 

 

 

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