Guide to the George Reid Doster Papers, RG 023
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: May 2003
1.0 cubic feet
Number of Boxes:
2 letter doc boxes
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Major General George Reid Doster, Jr., born 6 December 1918 at Rochelle, Georgia son of George Reid and Lucille Greene Doster, attended Lanier High School and Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama where be majored in Aeronautical Engineering. General Doster's military education includes completion of AAFS Basic and Advance Pilot Training, in 1943; Communication Officers Course, Chanute Air Force Bass, Illinois in 1944 and the Air Command and Staff School in 1957.
General Doster was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 3 November 1943 and was assigned to the Eastern Training Command and served in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 15 May 1945 and to Captain on 1 February 1946, the rank he held upon release from active duty.
His Air National Guard career began with his assignment as the Liaison Officer for the Alabama Air National Guard in 1946. This assignment gave the General the distinction of being the first Air Guardsman in Alabama after the close of World War II. Later assignments included Administrative Inspector, Intelligence Staff Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff. While holding those assignments General Doster attained the rank of Major on 23 June 1948; Lieutenant Colonel on 26 June 1951 and Colonel on 29 June 1954. In July 1955 he assumed command of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing which embraced flying units from Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama as well as Meridian, Mississippi and Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was promoted to Brigadier General on 29 October 1957. He held this position until 31 January 1963 on which date he was assigned as Chief of Staff, Alabama Air National Guard with the rank of Major General. General Doster was assigned additional duty as acting Commander, 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing on 27 August 1963.
General Dosters' decorations and awards include American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Alabama Faithful Service Medal; Alabama Commendation Medal and Alabama Distinguished Service Medal.
General Doster was a member of the Birmingham Aero Club; Air Force Association and the Organizational Advisory Council of the Air Force Association; Air Guard Advisor to Tactical Air Command Reserve Forces Policy Committee; Air Affairs Committee and the Executive Council, National Guard Association; American Ordinance,Association; member of Rotary International; member of the Aviation Advisory Committee, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce; Alabama Heart Association and Pi Kappa Phi Social Fraternity.
Scope and Content:
Consists of photocopies of correspondence, reports, military orders, speeches, lectures and biographical information relating to Major General George Reid Doster of Birmingham, Alabama. Includes newspaper clippings, publications and other ephemeral materials.
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