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First Name: John

Last Name: Hilger

Birthplace: Sherman, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Home of Record: Sherman, TX
Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth: 11 January 1909

Date of Death: 03 February 1982

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served: 20 plus
John Allen Hilger

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


John Allen Hilger

Brigadier General, U. S. Air Force

Silver Star

John A. Hilger, 0-20437, Brigadier General
Pilot Crew 14 DooLittle Raiders
Graduated from Sherman High School in June, 1926 and attended Texas A&M College, College Station Texas, graduating with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1932. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry, he resigned the commission to enter the Army Air Corps as a Flying Cadet in February, 1933. Received wings and was placed on active duty as a Flying Cadet in February, 1934.
Was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in February, 1935. Was commanding officer of the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron when the Tokyo Raid was planned. After the raid, he returned to the China-Burma-India Theater as a commander of a Bomb Group. During the last eighteen months of the war, he served on the staff of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Area. Attended Air Was College and National War College and has served in various operational and staff assignments.
During Korean War was commander of 307th Bomb Wing located on Okinawa. Also served in Turkey and Norway. Was assigned Chief of Staff, Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Retired August, 1966.
Decorations include Silver Star, Legion of Merit with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Chinese Order of Yung Hui, 4th Class.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Pilot Crew 14 DooLittle Raiders

Honoree ID: 317519   Created by: drjones46




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