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First Name: Chesley

Last Name: Peterson

Birthplace: Salmon, ID, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: G.

Date of Birth: 10 August 1820

Date of Death: 28 January 1990

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
Chesley G. Peterson

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Chesley G. Peterson
Major General, U.S. Air Force

Chesley G. Peterson was born on 10 August 1920 in Salmon, ID.

Peterson entered military service with the Utah National Guard in 1937. Serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps when World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force in London, in September 1940. From 1940-42, wearing the uniform of the Royal Air Force, he participated in the Battle of Britain. He was the youngest Squadron Commander in the Royal Air Force, flew 130 combat missions over the English Channel and scored nine enemy kills.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Forces in September 1942 and was assigned as Executive Officer in the 4th Fighter Group in England, in July 1943. He was assigned to the 8th Fighter Command in 1944 and the 65th Fighter Wing. On his return to the U.S. from combat, he was appointed Chief Air Attaché, Washington, DC, in August 1945. He served various command duties to include, 41st Air Division, 5th Air Force, Japan 1961, the Union of South Africa and Assistant Chief of Intelligence, Staff, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific in 1967.

He retired a Major General on 31 July 1970.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Air Medal (3 Awards)
Purple Heart
British Distinguished Service Order
British Distinguished Flying Cross
French Legion of Honor


Command Pilot Badge

Death and Burial

Major General Chesley G. Peterson died on 28 January 1990 in California. He is buried at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.

Honoree ID: 2956   Created by: MHOH




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