Norstad, Lauris (ON HOLD)

Led US & NATO European forces during Berlin and Cuban Missile crises

Price: $15.00

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(1907-1988) USAAF & USAF General, commander of US & NATO forces in Europe during the 1961 Berlin crisis. He was scheduled to relinquish his NATO command on Nov. 1, 1962, but the Cuban missile crisis prompted NATO to ask him to remain until early in 1963. USMA 1930, to US Army Air Corps 1931, in Aug. 1942, named Asst. Chief of Staff for Operations (A-3) of the 12th Air Force, going to England in Sept. in support of Operation Husky, then to Algiers in October. In Feb. 1943, he was promoted to Brigadier General and Asst. Chief of Staff for operations of the Northwestern African Air Forces. In Dec. 1943 he was appointed Director of Operations, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, moving with it to Casserta, Italy in Feb. 1944. He was transferred to Washington in August as Deputy Chief of Air Staff at AAF HQ with added duty as 10th Air Force Chief of Staff. He was relieved of this additional duty May 8, 1945, and assumed duty as Asst. Chief of Air Staff for Plans at AAF HQ, subsequently promoted to Major General. Relieved of assignment as Chief of Staff of the 20th Air Force in Feb. 1946, he continued as Asst. Chief of Air Staff for Plans until the following June, when he was appointed Director of the War Dept.'s Plans & Operations Division. On Oct. 1, 1947, following the division of the War Department into the Departments of The Army and The Air Force, General Norstad was appointed Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and in May 1948, assumed additional duty as Acting Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. In Oct. 1950, He was Commander-in-Chief, US Air Forces Europe (USAFE) at Wiesbaden, Germany. On April 2, 1951 he assumed additional duty as Commanding General of the Allied Air Forces in Central Europe under SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe). Air Deputy to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) July 27, 1953-Nov. 20, 1956, when President Eisenhower appointed him as SACEUR and Commander-in-Chief, US European Command. As SACEUR, he repeatedly urged that NATO be strengthened in manpower, quality and equipment. One of his innovations was the establishment in 1961, using existing formations, of a fast-moving multinational unit. He retired Dec. 31, 1963 and was Chairman & CEO of Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. 1967-72. SP, signed 7 x 5 1/2 b&w flat finish bust portrait in 4-star uniform

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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