Notable People in the Military with a Cortland County Connection


Levi Chase Chase Major General Levi R. Chase – was born in Cortland, New York in 1917. He graduated from Cortland High School in 1936 and attended Syracuse University. He entered the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet (1941). He went on to become one of the great combat pilots of the United States Air Force. He was one of the first “aces” of WWII. He flew and fought in three wars: WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. He flew 512 air combat missions with 12 aerial victories. He retired in November 1973 and died in 1994.
brainard From Marathon was David L. Brainard (1856-1946), an Arctic explorer with the ill-fated A.W. Greely expedition, and later a Brigadier General in the US Army.
Gabriel Col. Arnald Gabriel – a Cortland, New York native, was the Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band, the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sargent’s from 1964 to 1985. He was named the first Conductor Emeritus of the Air Force Band in 1985. He is a graduate of Ithaca College.
Hathaway Samuel Hathaway – (1780 - 1867) was a resident of Solon, New York. He was a militia general, jurist, NYS assemblyman and senator, and a member of the 23rd Congress (1833 - 1835). His home in Solon, the Hathaway Home. is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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