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GENERAL JONATHAN M. WAINWRIGHT IV - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/24/1946 - HFSID 149161

Jonathan Wainwright send s typed letter to a fan thanking her for the sentiments. Typed Letter Signed: "J.M. Wainwright", 1p, 7¼x10½. 1946 May 24, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. To Marion C. Smith, Chicago, Illinois.

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JONATHAN M. WAINWRIGHT
Jonathan Wainwright send s typed letter to a fan thanking her for the sentiments.
Typed Letter Signed: "J.M. Wainwright", 1p, 7¼x10½. 1946 May 24, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. To Marion C. Smith, Chicago, Illinois. In full: "I am glad that you enjoyed reading my book which has just been published recently. Also, I am pleased to note that you have been graduated from the Elm Place Grammar School in Highland Park. I visited this school on my recent stay in Chicago and brought back many fond memories of days gone by. Thanking you again for the kind sentiments, I am Sincerely yours," West Point graduate Jonathan Wainwright (1883-1953) first went to the Philippines, where his father had died suppressing an insurrection, in 1908. As a Captain with the 82nd Infantry Division in World War I, he participated in the American offensives in France in 1918, which compelled Germany's surrender. Back in the Philippines in World War II, he skillfully deployed outnumbered U.S. and Filipino troops to delay invading Japanese forces and buy time to prepare the Bataan Peninsula for a last stand in the islands. After General MacArthur was ordered back to Australia in March 1942, Wainwright took charge of the heroic American defense, "the battling bastards of Bataan," and a final stand on the island fortress of Corregidor. Out of ammunition and supplies, Wainwright surrendered the U.S. forces on May 6, 1942. Freed from a Japanese prison camp near war's end, he attended the Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (and his fourth star) in 1945. Fold creases not near signature. Lightly shaded at fold creases. Fine condition.

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