Lieutenant General George S. Boylan - Distinguished Westover Alumnus

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  • By Dr. H├ęctor Manuel Torres-Camacho
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George S. Boylan (1919-2004) rose from aviation cadet to Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Programs and Resources Command.

Born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, he later attending the Lees-McRae Junior College in nearby Banner Elk. 

In 1941, he completed the Aviation Cadet Training provided at Kelly Field, Texas, and was eventually assigned to the U.S. Army Air Forces Westover Field, Massachusetts.  During World War II, then Captain Boylan acquired notoriety as a submarine hunter and bombardier.  In 1943, his picture was published on the cover of Liberty Magazine in recognition of his exploits against German submarines.  

After the war, Boylan served in increasingly challenging positions in New York, Hawaii, and Azores, eventually becoming Director of the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Program as a Major General.  Upon his promotion to Lieutenant General, he became Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Programs and Resources Command. 

Lieutenant General Boylan retired in 1974.