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DiedOctober 1, 1990, Riverside County, California, United States
SpouseHelen E. Maitland
FactHe was the inspiration for warmongering General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

Curtis LeMay was born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 15, 1906. His father was a railroad worker and his mother was a schoolteacher. LeMay had two brothers and one sister. He attended public schools in Ohio and graduated from high school in 1924. He then attended the University of Cincinnati, where he studied engineering. He did not finish his degree, however, and instead took a job with the United States Air Mail Service. He worked as a pilot for the Air Mail Service for two years before joining the United States Army Air Corps in 1928.

LeMay began his military career as a pilot and quickly rose through the ranks. He served in a number of different positions, including as the commander of the 305th Bomb Group during World War II. He is best known for his role as the commander of the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. LeMay retired from the military in 1965 and died in 1990.

LeMay was a highly decorated officer who received many awards and honors during his career. These included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1971.

LeMay’s net worth is estimated to have been $5 million at the time of his death.

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Full NameCurtis LeMay
DiedOctober 1, 1990, Riverside County, California, United States
ProfessionPolitician, Military Officer
EducationOhio State University


SpouseHelen E. Maitland
ChildrenPatricia Jane LeMay Lodge
ParentsArizona Dove Carpenter, Erving LeMay

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1He was responsible for the controversial firebombing of Japanese cities in World War II.
2Called the Cuban Missile Crisis the worst defeat the United States had suffered in its entire history. The Kennedy administration secretly agreed to remove US missiles from Italy and Turkey in exchange for the Soviets removing their missiles from Cuba.
3He was the inspiration for warmongering General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
4Vice presidential candidate in 1968 on the ticket of the American Independent Party of presidential candidate and Alabama governor George Wallace.
5US Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, 1957 -1961.
6US Air Force Chief of Staff, 1961 -1965.
7US Air Force general.



Goodyear Theatre1957TV Series consultant


The World at War1974TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Divisional Commander
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
The Last Bomb1945Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Genocide Gentleman: Class A War Criminals of UK and US2015Video documentary
Great Planes2009TV Series documentaryHimself
X Day: The Invasion of Japan2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
DC3:ans sista resa2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryHimself
American Experience1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Secrets of World War II1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
On the Brink: Doomsday1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
JFK1991Himself - in Front of Map, Beside McNamara (uncredited)
In the Year of the Pig1968DocumentaryHimself - Speech on Communist Aggression (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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