Name: Thomas Cebern Musgrave , Jr.
Birth: 15 JUL 1913 in Washington, DC
Death: 14 NOV 2005 in Washington, DC
!BIR,DEA: SSDI; Issued - District of Columbia
!CEN: 1920 Census; Ridgevill Twp., Evanston, Cook Co, IL; age: 6; b. District of Columbia; Father b. TX; Mother b. District of Columbia (Listed as Thomas C.)
!CEN: 1930 Census; Lawrence, Marion Co., IN; age: 17; b. District of Columbia; Father b. TX; Mother b. District of Columbia (Listed as Thomas C., Jr.)
!MIL: U.S. Air Force; 1935-1962; Major General
* MAJOR GENERAL THOMAS C. MUSGRAVE JR.; Retired June 1, 1962.
Thomas Cebern Musgrave Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., in 1913. He attended St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., entered the U.S. Military Academy, graduated June 12, 1935 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry.
After graduating from Primary and Advanced Flying School at Randolph and Kelly fields, Texas on Oct. 1, 1936, General Musgrave transferred to the Air Corps. He was assigned to Langley Field, Va., with the 36th Pursuit Squadron until February 1939 when he moved to Wheeler Field, Hawaii with the Sixth Pursuit Squadron, 19th Pursuit Squadron and the 15th Pursuit Group successively. In March 1941 he became chief of the Special Project Sections at the Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, and that October he transferred to the Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center Headquarters at Randolph Field.
Moving to the Panama Canal Zone in November 1942, General Musgrave served with the Sixth Air Force, Sixth Bomber Command, 26th Fighter Command, and Sixth Air Force successively at Albrook Field. In December 1943 he was appointed assistant chief of staff for operations of the 58th Bomb Wing at Salina, Kan., and the following month assumed that position with the 73rd Bomb Wing there. He assumed command of the 499th Bomb Group at Clovis, N.M., in February 1944. Later that month he went to the Pacific Theater as commanding officer of the Fifth Bomb Group, 13th Air Force. Wounded in action over the Carolines on April 22, 1944, he was hospitalized until that Aug. 15, and then resumed command of the Fifth Bomb Group.
Transferred to Army Air Force Headquarters at Washington, D.C. in April 1945, General Musgrave was named deputy chief of the Military Personnel Division in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Personnel. He was named executive officer that July, and a year later became executive officer to the commanding general of the Army Air Force. Entering the Air War College at Maxwell Field, Ala., in July 1947, he graduated a year later and assumed command of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y. He entered the National War College in September 1949, graduated the following June, and a month later became deputy Air Force member of the Joint Strategic Plans Committee for Air Force Headquarters.
Joining the Strategic Air Command in April 1952, General Musgrave assumed command of the 47th Air Division at Walker Air Force Base, N.M. Going to England in July 1954, he assumed command of the Seventh Air Division, SAC.
Returning to Washington D.C., Aug. 20, 1955, General Musgrave became Deputy U.S. Representative to the Standing Group, North Atlantic Treaty Organization until Jan. 9, 1956 when he was assigned as deputy director, Manpower and Organization, in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, becoming the director on June 14, 1956.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Peruvian Military Order of Ayachucho and the Bolivian Order of Condor of the Andes. He is rated a command pilot.
Source: US Air Force Military Biographies, Annual, 2004 (Up to date as of October 1956).
* OBIT: Thomas Cebern Musgrave Jr. Air Force Major General
Thomas Cebern Musgrave Jr., 92, a retired Air Force major general who flew bombers and was a commander in the Strategic Air Command, died Nov. 14 at his home in Washington. He had emphysema.
The son of an Army colonel, Gen. Musgrave was a native Washingtonian and a 1935 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He also attended the Air Corps Training School, the Air Force War College and the National War College.
In the Army Air Forces during World War II, he was named commander of a bomb group and participated in Gen. Douglas MacArthur's "island hopping" strategy in the Pacific.
He planned and led aerial operations to bomb oil refineries in Borneo, which was credited with sinking more than 140,000 tons of Japanese merchant vessels and warships.
He joined the Air Force after it was created in 1947. Assigned to the Strategic Air Command in 1952, he assumed command of the 47th Air Division at Walker Air Force Base, N.M., followed by command of the U.S. 7th Air Division in the United Kingdom.
His final active-duty assignment, in 1962, was director of legislative affairs at the Pentagon.
His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
He worked briefly for the Washington brokerage firm Auchincloss, Parker and Redpath before becoming vice president of Textron Inc., a defense contractor in Washington. He retired again in 1969.
He was a member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, foreign policy research center; the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs; and the Alibi, Burning Tree, Chevy Chase and Metropolitan clubs.
His wife, Josephine Bennett Musgrave, died in 1999.
Survivors include two children, Thomas C. Musgrave III of San Antonio and Jamie Musgrave Hall of Aspen, Colo.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Father: Thomas Cebern Musgrave b: 27 FEB 1880 in Ft. Concho, Tom Green, TX
Mother: Olive VanPatten Dodge b: 17 JUL 1882 in Washington, DC
Josephine Bennett b: 16 APR 1913
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