|Reginald C. Harmon|
|Born||February 5, 1900|
|Died||October 23, 1992(aged 92)|
|Place of birth||Olney, Illinois|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force, United States Army|
|Years of service||1940-1960|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal|
Reginald C. Harmon (February 5, 1900 – October 23, 1992) was a Major General in the United States Air Force and served as its first Judge Advocate General.:5 At the age of 29, he was elected as the mayor of Urbana, Illinois.:5
Reginald C. Harmon was born on February 5, 1900 near Olney, Illinois.:5 After graduating from high school, he worked as a teacher in a rural school.:5 He studied law at the University of Illinois College of Law receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1927.:5 During his time at the University of Illinois, Mr. Harmon joined the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.:5 Mr. Harmon's military career also began during his undergraduate years at the University's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).:5 At the age of 29, Mr. Harmon was elected as mayor of Urbana, Illinois.:5 He held the office from 1929 to 1933.:5 As mayor during the onset of the Great Depression, Mr. Harmon declared the nation's first business moratorium to prevent a run on the banks.:5
After completing the ROTC program at the University of Illinois, Reginald Harmon was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Reserve.:5 In October 1940, Mr. Harmon was called to active duty at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, as a major in the Officers' Reserve Corp of the Army.:5 Mr. Harmon represented the U.S. Government in an industrial expansion program to meet the growing needs of the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1940 to 1945.:5:5 For his work in opening new supply sources for the production of aircraft, Mr. Harmon received the Legion of Merit.:5 Between 1945 and 1948, he served as the Judge Advocate of the Air Material Command where he provided legal representation for the Air Force in a billion dollar procurement program.:5 During this period, Mr. Harmon left the Reserve Corp for the regular component of the military.:5 On September 8, 1948, Mr. Harmon became the first Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force and was promoted to the rank of Major General.:5:4 He was reappointed as the Judge Advocate General in 1952 and 1956.:5:5
- "Reginald Harmon, 92; Led Air Force Lawyers". October 24, 1992. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/10/24/obituaries/reginald-harmon-92-led-air-force-lawyers.html. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- "Major General Reginald C. Harmon: First Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force". The Air Force Judge Advocate General's Bulletin. March 1960. http://books.google.com/books?id=eLMK2Sc995EC&lpg=PT49&dq=reginald%20c.%20harmon&pg=PT47#v=onepage&q=reginald%20c.%20harmon&f=false. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- Harmon, Reginald C. (1973). "Letter to Major General James S. Cheney". pp. 4–6. http://books.google.com/books?id=kc8JQub2X8IC&pg=PT3&dq=Reginald+C.+Harmon&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XLC5T5mVEube2AWz5b21CQ&ved=0CFsQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=Reginald%20C.%20Harmon&f=false. Retrieved 2012-05-20..
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