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Claire Lee Chennault
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Nickname(s) "Old Leatherface"
Born (1893-09-06)September 6, 1893
Commerce, Texas, U.S.
Died July 27, 1958(1958-07-27) (aged 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Buried
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Prop and wings.svg United States Army Air Service (1918-1926)
USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg United States Army Air Corps (1926–1937)
Republic of China Air Forces Flag.svg Republic of China Air Force (1937–1942)
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces (1942–1945)
Years of service 1917–1945
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant general
Commands held
  • 1st American Volunteer Group
  • China Air Task Force
  • Fourteenth Air Force
Battles/wars
  • Burma Campaign
  • China-Burma-India Theater
Awards
  • Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
  • Order of the Cloud and Banner
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Order of Blue Sky and White Sun
Spouse(s)

Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958) was an American military aviator. He was best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.

Chennault was twice married and had a total of ten children. From 1947 until his death in 1958, he married Chinese reporter Anna Chennault.

Chennault was promoted to lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force on July 18, 1958, nine days before his death on July 27, at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. He died of lung cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27, 1958 at the age of 64.


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