1st Lieutenant James M. Stewart, July 1942. Following this promotion, Jimmy feared that his celebrity status would relegate him to "behind the lines" instructor duties. Thirteen months later, he would be commanding the 703d Bombardment Squadron.
Twenty combat missions with various groups would follow, and he would be one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years.
Jimmy continued to play a role in the U.S. Air Force Reserve after WWII, retiring on May 31, 1968 as a Brigadier General. He was subsequently promoted to Major General by President Ronald Reagan.