XENIA — Five-Star General Henry “Hap” Arnold was born in Pennsylvania in 1886. He entered the US Military Academy at the age of 17, after which he was assigned to the infantry. He volunteered to train as an army pilot in Greene County. In 1929, he took command of the Fairfield Air Depot. In the late 1920s he wrote a series of six juvenile books about an aviator named Bill Bruce. He was Assistant Chief of the Army Air Corps then Commanding Officer. He received his fifth star in 1944 and then retired in 1946. He died in 1950.
Joan Baxter is a local resident and historical columnist.