GENERAL MARK W. CLARK - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL JAMES M. GAVIN, GENERAL LEWIS B. "OLDEST SOLDIER" HERSHEY, GENERAL WALTER T. KERWIN, GENERAL HENRY A. MILEY JR., GENERAL LUCIUS D. CLAY, GENERAL JOHN E. HULL - HFSID 293336
US ARMY GENERALS (WORLD WAR II AND AFTER) Seven prominent generals signed this FDC honoring "heroic deeds of the United States Army in World War II." First Day Cover signed: "Mark W. Clark, General U. S. Army (Ret.)", "James Gavin/Lt. Gen. USA", "General John E. Hull/U.S. Army, Retired", "Lucius Clay/General USA (Ret.
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US ARMY GENERALS (WORLD WAR II AND AFTER)
Seven prominent generals signed this FDC honoring "heroic deeds of the United States Army in World War II."
First Day Cover signed: "Mark W. Clark, General U. S. Army (Ret.)", "James Gavin/Lt. Gen. USA", "General John E. Hull/U.S. Army, Retired", "Lucius Clay/General USA (Ret.)", "Walter T. Kerwin/General, US Army", "Lewis B. Hershey/General USA (Ret.)", and "Henry A Miley/General USA", 6¾x3½. FDC with cachet "honoring heroic deeds of the United States Army in World War II, postmarked Washington, D.C., September 28, 1945, 3-cent stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. (Stamp shows US troops on parade in liberated Paris.) MARK W. CLARK (1896-1984), who assumed command of the Fifth Army in North Africa in 1943 and commanded the Fifth Army in the invasion of Italy in 1944, got his fourth star in March 1945. He accepted the surrender of German forces in Italy and Austria and, from 1945 to 1947, was the U.S. High Commissioner in occupied Austria. In 1953, as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, he signed the military armistice between the U.N. Command and the North Korean Army and Chinese People's Volunteers in Korea. That year, he also began his 12 years of service as President of The Citadel. As an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII, JAMES M. GAVIN (1907-1990) parachuted with his troops during battles in Sicily, Normandy and the Netherlands, becoming known as "The Jumping General". After retiring from the Army, Gavin twice served as President Kennedy's Ambassador to France. After a 1967 visit to Vietnam, he urged negotiations to end the war "by any means available", and his name was briefly floated as a Presidential candidate. JOHN E. HULL (1895-1975) played a key role in planning Allied military operations during World War II. After serving as Army Vice Chief of Staff, he was Commander of the US Army, Pacific (1948-1949) and of the Far East Command (1953-1955). LUCIUS D. CLAY (1897-1978) did not lead troops in combat during World War II, but played a vital role in re-opening French ports as supply channels after D-Day. He became much more important after the war, serving as Deputy Military Governor (1945-1947) and Military Governor (1947-1949) of the American Zone in occupied Germany. He played a key role in refocusing occupation policy in Germany from punishment to reconstruction. He also oversaw the Berlin Airlift from June 28, 1948 to May 12, 1949, during which time two million tons of essential supplies at a cost of $224 million were flown into West Berlin during a Russian blockade of Allied land and water routes. The Berlin Airlift involved 250,000 flights. After the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961, President Kennedy sent General Clay as his Personal Representative, with the rank of Ambassador. WALTER T. KERWIN (1917-2008), a highly decorated artillery officer in Europe during World War II, commanded II Field Force in Vietnam. In the 1970s he headed the Continental Army Command, and served as Vice Chief of the Army General Staff. LEWIS B. HERSHEY (1893-1977) served in France during World War I. For thirty over years (1941-1973), he was Director of Selective Service, overseeing the US military draft. When Hershey retired at the age of 79, he was the oldest man on active status. HENRY A. MILEY (1915-2010), a West Point graduate (1940), served in the coast artillery, anti-aircraft and logistical units in the Pacific Theater of World War II, including MacArthur's re-conquest of New Guinea and the Philippines. A specialist in weapons procurement, he was promoted to increasingly important staff positions, culminating leadership of the US Army Material Command (1971-1975). After retiring from military service in 1975, he worked with the American Defense Preparedness Association. Toned. Edges and corners worn. "W" in Walter lightly smeared. Ink stamp on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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