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Henry Harley

Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (June 25, 1886-January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and later General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938-1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Arnold retired to a 40-acre (16 ha) ranch near Sonoma, California, and signed a contract with Harper & Brothers to write his memoirs, Global Mission. Unlike George S. Patton, who enjoyed independent wealth, or colleagues who had taken positions in government, such as Marshall (appointed Secretary of State), Arnold had no source of income beyond his retirement pay and allowances, and was not healthy enough to continue service. His autobiography was an attempt to provide financial security for his wife after his death, and during the writing of it he suffered his fifth heart attack in January 1948, hospitalizing him for three months.

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Sonoma
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Global Mission
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Arnold Drive in Sonoma is named for him

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