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United States Army Air Service

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  • Charles Adams Reno (1873 - 1950)
    SFC AIR SERVICE WORLD WAR I
  • Sgt. Walter Lee Stripling (1895 - 1960)
    FLORIDA SGT 626 AERO SQ WORLD WAR I
  • Pvt. Jesse Edwin Wirth (1901 - 1975)
    PVT US ARMY AIR SERVICE Jesse Edwin Wirth, 73, 208 E. 5th St., died Tuesday in his home after a long illness. Survivors include his widow, Olive; a daughter, Mrs. Carol Horine, Dixon; two grandchil...
  • Pvt. Roy A. Coyle, Sr. (1891 - 1974)
    Funeral serviced for Roy A. Coyle, Sr., 82, of 2022 Resort St., longtime Baker and Baker county resident will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25 at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. G...
  • Pvt. Ralph Irving McCalley (1894 - 1965)
    MISSOURI PVT 304 REP AIR UNIT MTC WORLD WAR I Son of Marvin McCalley & Allie E. West.

From Wikipedia

The Air Service, United States Army (also known as the "Air Service", "U.S. Air Service" and after its legislative establishment in 1920, the "U.S. Army Air Service") was the military aviation service of the United States between 1918 and 1926 and a forerunner of the United States Air Force. It was established as an independent but temporary branch of the U.S. War Department during World War I by two executive orders of President Woodrow Wilson: on May 24, 1918, replacing the Aviation Section, Signal Corps as the nation's air force; and March 19, 1919, establishing a military Director of Air Service to control all aviation activities. Its life was extended for another year in July 1919, during which time Congress passed the legislation necessary to make it a permanent establishment. The National Defense Act of 1920 assigned the Air Service the status of "combatant arm of the line" of the United States Army with a major general in command.