Biography

Partridge, Earle Everard [MGen SS CG 5thAF]

Partridge, Earle Everard

Headquarters, Far East Air Forces
General Orders No. 97 - 24 October 1950

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major General Earle Everard Partridge (ASN: 0-15502/33A), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Commanding General of the FIFTH Air Force, in Korea. Major General Partridge distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry in action in the Korean campaign during the period 19 through 20 October 1950. On 19 October General Partridge made a reconnaissance flight over P'yongyang and, in spite of heavy ground fire aimed at his unarmed aircraft, directed air attacks which enabled forward units of the First Cavalry Division, U. S. Army, and the First Division, Republic of Korea, to hold their positions against the enemy. On 20 October, accompanied by his Army counterpart, Lieutenant General Walton H. Walker, commanding General of the Eighth Army, he flew an unarmed aircraft at low altitudes over the Sukch'on and Sonch'on areas, reconnoitering well behind enemy lines in preparation for the parachute drop of the 187th Regimental Combat Team. He remained to observe the activities of Air Force units participating in the attack. He also reconnoitered in the Chinnamp'o area where his aircraft was hit by automatic weapons and small arms fire. On 20 October, General Partridge made one of the first landings at the P'yongyang airport in order to make certain that this airport was sufficiently secure to permit the landing thereat of the Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command. During the flights of 19 and 20 October, General Partridge's aircraft was also subject to attack by enemy aircraft known to be based at Sinuiju. The knowledge gained from these missions was invaluable in making tactical decisions and contributed largely to United Nations successes in North Korea. General Partridge's aggressiveness and courage in these instances have been outstanding sources of inspiration to the personnel of this command. They are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on General Partridge and the United States Air Force. Entered military service from Massachusetts.