Andrew Hero, Jr., Major General
Chief of Coast Artillery"

On the Edge Of Fame

     The manner of performance of duty in command of others is the true measure of an excellent leader.

     With the untimely death of Major Harold Geiger the Air Corps lost one of its most respected and promising senior career officers. A true pioneer military aviator he was extremely efficient, highly capable and could always be trusted to do his duty regardless of its hazardous nature. His unique military career record was a most honorable one and with all the earmarks to suggest that as a leader he was among those at the edge of achieving fame and remembrance.

     Major Geiger's loss was keenly felt by all who had come in contact with him and in tribute a West Point classmate wrote:

     "There has never been an officer in the Air Corps more truly beloved by his comrades. He was unselfish, courteous and embodied every characteristic that makes a true officer and gentleman."

Harold Geiger

       On June 11, 1941, by order of the War Department, a 2,640 acre military airfield known as Sunset Field seven miles from the southwest side of downtown Spokane, Washington, was named Geiger Field (GEG) in honor of Major Harold Geiger. It was  

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