In Memory Of General Henry C. Huglin

Henry C. Huglin, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, retired, died 12/10/05 after a short illness. He was age 90.

He was born in Fairfield, Iowa, the son of attorney John A. Huglin and Clara Lenore Porter Huglin. He attended the public schools in Fairfield and then the University of Iowa for one year. Henry followed his two older brothers to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduated in 1938 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He then went to flying school at San Antonio, Texas, and earned his wings in August 1939. He spent four years in the Air Corps Training Command, half of which time he was commanding officer of two primary and one basic flying schools.

In the last year of World War 2, at the age of 29, he was the group commander of a B-29 bomber group, consisting of 48 B-29's and 2000 men based on Tinian. He was promoted to full colonel in that position and personally led his Group on 17 of their 75 bombing and mining missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster and Bronze Star Medal during his service as group commander and had more 4,000 miltary flying hours.

After the end of World War 2, he served a year in Korea, 1946-47, and seven months in Japan. Thereafter, he had two six-year tours of duty in the Pentagon, in between which he was stationed at the NATO headquarters in France for years and also one yea at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1959 at the age of 43 and served as Deputy U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee.
In 1963 he was offered a position as Senior Military Scientist at TEMPO, General Electric Company's Center for Advance Studies in Santa Barbara. He elected to retire voluntarily from the military, at the beginning of 1964, to accept this position and settle down permanently with his family in Santa Barbara at their home on Miramar Beach. After 8 years with TEMPO he launched a weekly syndicated newspaper column, "Affairs of Nations", on national security and international affairs issues. Eighteen newspapers carried the column at various times during the 5 years he wrote it. The News-Press published it on the Sunday Forum page the entire five years.

After tiring of the rigors of column writing, he became a real estate broker and also turned his scenic photography hobby into a part-time profession. At age 75 he retired from all business activity. Thereafter, he worked on his memoirs for his own satisfaction and the interest of his close friends and relatives. He helped write the history of his B-29 bomber group, and occasionally wrote articles on international affairs.

He served at various times on these Santa Barbara organizations: Board of Trustees of the Museum of Aft, Board of Directors of the Channel City Club and of the Affiliates, UCSB; Vestry of All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church and of the 1969 Santa Barbara Commission on Civil Disorders. He was a member for 30 years of the Council on Foreign Relations of New York and the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations. He was married to Jinnie Hall Dawkins in 1944, they were divorced in 1970. He is survived by his son, Gregory B. Huglin and a number of cousins, all of Santa Barbara.
Henry Huglin was a great father to his son Greg and a fine friend to all who knew him. He was one of the last of the "Greatest Generation" who truly lived by the standards, "Duty, Honor, Country". Henry Huglin set a great example of how a man can live his life being a decent, truthful, kind and compassionate man. He lived his entire life honorably and with dignity and at the end of his life, chose to face death from pneumonia rather than be permanently confined to a hospital bed. He never suffered pain from the brain and lung cancer that he had developed and passed away peacefully with a smile on his face. The family would like to thank his doctors, especially Jeff Harb and the nurses at Cottage Hospital on Floor 6C for their care and compassion.

Speaking for all the many men on my B-29 email list, I can honestly say everyone who served under him admired and loved him. To them, he was still their "commander".

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