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First Name: Theodore

Last Name: Milton

Birthplace: Schofield Barracks, HI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Ross

Date of Birth: 29 December 1915

Date of Death: 24 August 2010

Rank: General

Years Served:
Theodore Ross Milton

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1940

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Theodore Ross Milton

General, U.S. Air Force

General Theodore Ross Milton was born on 29 December 1915 at Schofield Barracks, HI. He enlisted in the Regular Army in 1934 and subsequently entered the U.S. Military Academy, graduating in 1940. Following graduation, he entered U.S. Army Air Corps flying training and earned his pilot wings in March 1941.

From 1943 to the end of hostilities in Europe, he served in B-17 aircraft with the Eighth Air Force in England.

He returned to the U.S. in 1945, and remained until 1948 when he was reassigned to Europe as Chief of Staff for the Combined Airlift Task Force, the command that directed operations for the Berlin Airlift.

Between 1949-57, he was assigned to the Military Air Transport Service for two years as Director of Operations; attended Air War College; and served three years as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.

He was promoted to Brigadier General in October 1957, and was named Commander, 41st Air Division, Fifth Air Force, Japan, a tactical fighter-bomber command.

In 1961 he was promoted to Major General and reassigned to Clark Air Base in the Philippines as Commander, Thirteenth Air Force, the parent command to all U.S. air bases in Southeast Asia.

Milton commanded Thirteenth Air Force until 1963, at which time he was selected as Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, to the Commander-in-Chief Pacific, with headquarters at Camp H. M. Smith, HI.

He returned to the continental U.S. in 1965, and served for the next 18 months as Chief of Staff, Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA. In February 1967 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as Inspector General, a position he held until August 1967 when he was named Comptroller of the Air Force.

In March 1969 Milton assumed duties at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, as the Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee.

Milton was promoted to the four-star rank of General on 31 July 1971 and assumed duties as the U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee on 1 August.

General Milton retired from the Air Force on 31 July 1974.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Cross

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Silver Star Medal

Legion of Merit (3 Awards)

Distinguished Flying Cross (4 Awards)

Bronze Star Medal

Air Medal (5 Awards)

Purple Heart

Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

British Distinguished Flying Cross

French Croix de Guerre with Palm

He was rated as a Command Pilot.

Death and Burial

General Theodore Ross Milton died of a stroke on 24 August 2010 at Oro Valley, AZ. The Secretary of the Air Force authorized the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff on 21 January 2011, the day of his interment at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Milton; son Theodore Ross (Judy) Milton, Jr.; and daughters Patricia Adel (Junius) Morgan, Barbara Bayley (Mark) Milton.

Honoree ID: 792   Created by: MHOH




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