Eade George James

Male 1921 - 2018  (96 years)

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  • Name Eade George James 
    Born 27 Oct 1921  Lockney, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Aug 2018  Healdsburg, Californa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13220  Margheim Family from Gottlieb
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2019 

    Father Eade George William,   b. 3 Jan 1889, Humbolt, Humbolt County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1965, Brownburg, Hendricks County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Barnd Isabel Theresa,   b. 14 Aug 1891, Ness City, Ness County,Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1973, Burbank, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1916 
    Family ID F4696  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Colette 
     1. Eade Helen M.
     2. Eade Anne C.
     3. Eade Christine C.
     4. Eade Dominnque
    Family ID F4712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

      Retired Aug. 31, 1975

      General George J. Eade is deputy commander in chief, U.S. European Command, with headquarters at Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

      General Eade was born in Lockney, Texas, in 1921. He graduated from York High School, Elmhurst, Ill., and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology. He entered military service as an aviation cadet in January 1942 from Chicago, Ill., and, that September was awarded his pilot wings and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps.

      He flew 37 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations, where he served almost four years as a pilot, flight commander and operations officer.

      General Eade began a long tour of duty with the Strategic Air Command in August 1946, when he joined the 43d Bombardment Wing at Davis-Monthan Army Air Field, Ariz., as a pilot of B-29 aircraft. In September 1947 he was assigned as operations officer and, later, commander of the 1st Strategic Support Squadron, which provided SAC with close airlift support for its global operations.

      In May 1952 he went to SAC headquarters, where he was chief of the Current Operations Branch, Directorate of Operations. From 1956 through 1958, he was the deputy director of operations at SAC's 7th Air Division in England.

      After he returned to the United States in November 1958, he served as deputy commander for operations and then commander of the 4238th Strategic Wing (redesignated 2d Bombardment Wing) at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. From June 1961 to July 1963, he commanded the 7th Bombardment Wing at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas.

      In July 1963 General Eade returned to SAC headquarters as chief of the Safety Division. It was during this assignment that SAC was awarded the Daedalian Flying Safety Trophy for 1964. In January 1965 he was assigned as chief of the Control Division, and in July 1967 he assumed duties as director of operations plans, deputy chief of staff for operations, with additional duties as chief, Single Integrated Operational Plans Division, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

      General Eade was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in February 1970 as director of plans, office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations. In January 1971 he assumed duties as the assistant deputy chief of staff, plans and operations, and in April he became the deputy chief of staff, plans and operations. He assumed duties as deputy commander in chief of the U.S. European Command April 20, 1973.

      His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a command pilot.

      He was promoted to the grade of general effective April 18, 1973, with date of rank April 18, 1973.


    • George J. Eade
      1921 ? 2018

      Retired United States Four-star General George James Eade, 96, passed away peacefully on August 26 in his Healdsburg residence with his family at his bedside.

      Born in Lockney Texas on October 27, 1921, Eade entered military service as an aviation cadet in 1942 after hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Thus began an amazing saga of discipline, hard work, adventure, and accomplishment.

      His WWII assignments took him to North Africa and the European Theater. Even after suffering serious injuries sustained in combat, Eade rejoined the effort, eventually completing 37 combat missions. In Paris at the end of the war, he met a young Swiss woman, Colette, whom he courted and married. The young couple left Europe for the United States, where they pursued the life of a career Air Force family.

      While raising five children, Eade rose to the top of his profession. His dedication to professional excellence earned him the admiration of his colleagues as they faced the ominous perils of the "Cold War". At the end of his 33-year career, he served in the position of Deputy Commander In Chief of the U.S. Forces in Europe with the rank of General of the USAF.

      But Jim Eade was also a family man. He taught his children to ride horses, water ski, sail and windsurf. He loved walks in nature observing the birds and plants on his way. He also saw to it that the house was filled with music, which ranged from Bach to Burl Ives.

      After retirement, Jim and Colette settled in Healdsburg California. Jim remained interested and involved in military affairs. He worked diligently to obtain awards for fellow WWII pilots who had gone unrecognized. He was a generous donor to charitable causes.

      His beloved Colette passed away in 1994 after 48 years of marriage.
      George J. Eade is survived by his five loving children, George, Helen, Anne, Christine and Dominique, his sister Helen, and his wife Jackie.
      Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 9, 2018