Ace of the Day: Lt. General Charles G. Cleveland


Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret)

WWII :: Confirmed Kills- 5


Chick Cleveland

Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland, was born on November 13, 1927, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1945. After graduating in 1949, he chose to become an aviator and earned his pilot wings at Williams AFB, Arizona.

Lieutenant General Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland’s distinguished Air Force career spanned nearly four decades. Within months of joining the 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Kimpo Air Base, South Korea, he scored four MiG-15 kills. He left Korea with four confirmed and two probable kills—one confirmed victory short of becoming an ace.

In 2008, the Air Force awarded Lieutenant General Cleveland credit for one of his two probable victories in Korea and officially recognized him as the Air Force’s newest ace.

Lieutenant General Cleveland currently serves as president of the American Fighter Aces Association. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

Decorations: Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Republic of Korea Order of Military Merit, Chung Mu


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