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GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/22/1925 - HFSID 274365

FIVE DAYS AFTER THE VERDICT, MacARTHUR REFERS TO HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL. MacARTHUR CAST THE LONE VOTE AGAINST CONVICTION OF THE PROPHETIC APOSTLE OF AIR POWER.

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FIVE DAYS AFTER THE VERDICT, MacARTHUR REFERS TO HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL. MacARTHUR CAST THE LONE VOTE AGAINST CONVICTION OF THE PROPHETIC APOSTLE OF AIR POWER.
 
DOUGLAS MacARTHUR. Typed Letter signed: "Douglas MacArthur" , 1p, 5¾x7½ with blank integral half-leaf. Headquarters Third Corps Area, United States Army, Office of the Corps Area Commander, Baltimore, Maryland, 1925 December 22. To Garrett W. Olds, Indianapolis, Indiana. In full: "I received your letter of November 13th in due course of mail, but due to the pressure of my attendance on the Mitchell court martial, was not able to answer it. The action of the Indiana Chapter was splendid and I am glad indeed to say that the suggested change in the monument was defeated. The accepted plan is to erect a monument to the 42nd Division on the ground we fought on during the Champagne Defensive of July. With best regards, Cordially yours". Although best remembered today for his generalship in the Pacific Theater of World War II and the Korean War, as head of the US Occupation of Japan, and for his historic conflict with President Truman over conduct of the Korean War, Douglas MacARTHUR (1880-1964) was also America's most decorated soldier of World War I. In 1917 he became Chief of Staff of the 42nd Division (the Rainbow Division), newly arrived in France, which as noted in this letter conducted a skilled defense of the Champagne region (July 1917). Reassigned to command the 84th Infantry Brigade, MacArthur led this unit in the crucial Battle of St. Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne offensive (November 1918), major factors in Germany's decision to request an armistice. After serving as Superintendent of West Point and in the Philippines during the 1920s, he became in 1930 the youngest Chief of Staff in the history of the US Army. Billy Mitchell (1879-1936), a childhood playmate of MacArthur's, remembered as an early advocate of air power as a decisive factor in future wars, had publicly lambasted the Navy and War Departments for trying to prevent the emergence of a separate air force and for incompetent management of aviation, leading he said to the crash of the dirigible Shenandoah. After a Court Martial which began on October 28, 1925, Mitchell was found guilty (December 17) by secret ballot and suspended from rank, command and pay. MacArthur later wrote that his required participation in this trial was one of the most distasteful orders he ever received, and that he had cast the lone vote to acquit. Slightly soiled. Mounting adhesive remnants at edges of integral leaf. Otherwise, fine condition.

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