Charles F. Born

Charles F. Born

Charles Born
Date of birth: April 24, 1903
Place of birth: Wisconsin
Date of death: May 24, 1979 (age 76)
Career information
Position(s): End
College: United States Military Academy
As player:
1923-1925 Army Black Knights
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-American (1925)

Charles F. Born was a Major General in the United States Air Force and an All-American football player.


Born was born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1903.[1] He died on May 24, 1979.

United States Military Academy

Born graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1928. While there, he was an All-American member of the Army Black Knights football and lacrosse team. He was also a member of the ice hockey team. He was selected as a first-team end by the All-America Board for the 1925 College Football All-America Team.[2] He was also named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.[3]

Military career

Upon graduation he was assigned to the Cavalry. In 1934, he transferred to the Air Corps. He was given command of the 50th Observation Squadron in 1936. In 1937, he was named an instructor at the United States Military Academy. During World War II, he took command of the Antilles Air Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training of the Northwest African Strategic Air Force before being named Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training and eventually Deputy Commander of the Fifteenth Air Force. Following the war, he was given command of the Second Air Force and the Fifteenth Air Force. In 1947, he was appointed Chief of Staff of Tactical Air Command. Later, he would become Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the United States Air Forces in Europe. In 1951, he was named Deputy for Operations of Air Training Command. His retirement was effective as of January 1, 1955.[4]

Awards he received include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. Born was also an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath of the United Kingdom.


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  2. ^ Tad Jones, Knute Rockne, and Glenn Warner (1925-12-04). "Red Grange Placed on Second All-American Team: Coaches Keep Star Off First: Rockne, Jones and Warner Claim He Has Two Main Weak Points; Friedman Is Captain; Two Michigan Men Honored; Pacific Coast Stars in the Backfield". The Davenport Democrat. 
  3. ^ "Associated Press Announces All-American Teams". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. 1925-12-14. 
  4. ^ "General Born Has Chalked Up Action-Packed Military Life". Prescott Evening Courier. June 15, 1953.