Arkansas native, four-star general Wade dies at 85

Published Tuesday, June 19, 2001

MAGNOLIA (AP) -- Retired Air Force Gen. Horace M. Wade, a Magnolia native who led forces in Europe during the Cold War, has died. He was 85.

The four-star general died Thursday at his home in Tuscon, Ariz. He served as the commander of U.S. Air Force in Europe and was promoted in 1969 to chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Headquarters Europe. He was named vice chief of staff of the Air Force in 1972.

Wade flew 36 combat missions in the Chinese and Middle Eastern theaters during World War II.

His military career began when he joined the Arkansas National Guard at Magnolia in 1934. In 1937, he joined the Army Air Corps.

Wade later graduated from the National War College in Washington and the Air Staff College in Norfork, Va.

Wade is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He was elected to the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame in 1999.

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