Charles Pearre Cabell, air force general and deputy director of the CIA, son of Ben E. and Sadie E. (Pearre) Cabell and grandson of William Lewis Cabell, was born on October 11, 1903, in Dallas, Texas. He attended Oak Cliff High School, then graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1925 and the Air Corps Flying School in San Antonio in 1931. He subsequently spent thirty-eight years in the United States Army and Air Force before his retirement as a four-star general in 1963. Cabell was married to Jacklyn Dehymel in 1934; they had two sons and a daughter.
During World War II Cabell was a member of the advisory council for the United States Army Air Force headquarters in Washington before being made commander of the Forty-fifth Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He was director of plans for the United States Strategic Air Forces from May until July 1944, when he became director of operations and intelligence for the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, a post he held until May 1945. Cabell attended the Yalta Conference in 1945 and the London Conference of the United Nations in January and February 1946. He had been promoted to colonel in 1942 and to brigadier general in 1944. After the war he was the United States air representative on the military staff committee of the United Nations in New York. In 1951 he was appointed director of the staff for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he worked with Gen. Omar Bradley. From 1953 until his retirement in 1963, General Cabell was deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1965 he was appointed a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas. He died in Arlington, Virginia, on May 25, 1971, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.