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Lauris Norstad - World War II, SHAPE Leadership

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Aviator, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Commissioned into the cavalry after graduation from West Point (1930), he transferred to the Air Corps the following year, and by August 1942 had risen to the post of deputy chief-of-staff of the 12th Air Force in North Africa. Returning to Washington (1944), he had direct responsibility for planning the atomic-bomb missions. He later commanded US air forces in Europe (1950) and NATO forces in Europe (1956). He retired in 1963 to become president of Owens-Corning Glass.

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