GENERAL LEONARD F. CHAPMAN, JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/14/1967 - HFSID 274463
Sale Price $144.00
LEONARD F. CHAPMAN, JR. TLS: "LF Chapman" as Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps, 1p, 7x8½. No place, 1967 December 14. On stationery imprinted with three-star flag to Mr. Benjamin Kohn, Silver Springs, Maryland. In full: "Thank you for your recent letter of congratulations. With best wishes. Sincerely". The congratulations were probably for Chapman's appointment as Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; Chapman, who was tapped for the post by President Lyndon B. Johnson, assumed the position on January 1, 1968. He had been a Lieutenant General since 1964. Leonard Fielding Chapman, Jr. (1913-2000) served as Commandant from 1968 until 1971. A veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, Chapman led the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and during a turbulent period when racial and cultural tensions were high. After retiring from the military as a Four-Star General, Chapman, who had received three Distinguished Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Navy Commendation Medal, was appointed by President Richard Nixon to head the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1973-1976). Slightly creased with fold, mid-horizontal fold at the upper loops of the "F" and "C". Pinhead-size spot at left blank area. Fine condition.
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