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Celebrate the Heroes of our Heroes in this commemorative issued by the United States Government honoring the five-star Generals of the United States Military.
This coin, the half dollar, is clad in composition and includes the portraits of two of our five-star generals, General Omar Bradley and General Hap Arnold.
General of the Army Omar N. Bradley was a senior U.S. Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during WW II and held the position of General of the Army from 1950 until his retirement in 1953. He was involved as a commander in the Battle of the Bulge and the D-Day invasion of Normandy. After his retirement he chaired the "Bradley Commission," which was a commission charged with studying veterans benefits, to include education and medical benefits as well as pensions. Bradley died in New York City on April 8, 1981 shortly after receiving an award from the National Institute of Social Sciences. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery next to his two wives.
General of the Air Force Henry Harley Arnold, known as "Hap" Arnold was an aviation pioneer who worked his way up through Chief of the Air Corps to serve as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Since the United States Air Force did not branch off the Army and become their own military branch until 1947, General Arnold was appointed General of the Army, then became General of the Air Force during his term. He is the only Five-Star General to ever wear the rank on uniforms of two different branches, and he is the only General of the Air Force in history.
When it comes to military aviation in the United States, "Hap" did it all. He flew in one of the Wright Flyers in the early teens, and assisted in the development of bombers during World War II. During the closing years of his life, he was involved in the jet fighter program as well.
General Arnold died on January 15, 1950 at his home in Sonoma, California. He was laid to rest in Arlington Military Cemetery with full military honors.