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James M. "Jimmy" Stewart

Date of birth: May 20, 1908
Date of death: July 2, 1997
Burial location: Glendale, CA
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Indiana
Home of record: Indiana Pennsylvania

"Jimmy" Stewart graduated from Princeton University in 1932, and became an actor. Stewart enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 22, 1941, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded his pilot wings on December 31, 1941. He served as an instructor pilot during most of 1942 and 1943, and was assigned to the 445th Bombardment Group in Sioux City, Iowa in August 1943. Stewart flew with the group to England in December 1943 and soon began flying combat missions over Europe. He served a short tour in Southeast Asia in 1966 and retired from the Air Force on June 1, 1968. On May 23, 1985, President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and promoted him to Major General on the retired list.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General James M. "Jimmy" Stewart, United States Air Force, was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Air Force

Rank: Brigadier General

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) James M. "Jimmy" Stewart (ASN: 0-433210), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) James M. "Jimmy" Stewart (ASN: 0-433210), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement, while serving as Air Commander of heavy bombardment formations on many missions to enemy occupied territory during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Stewart's skillful leadership and sound judgment in guiding his formations to heavily defended targets requiring deep penetrations have been major factors in the successful destructions of these vital enemy installations. The outstanding tactical ability displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Stewart reflects the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel