GENERAL OMAR N. BRADLEY - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GENERAL J. LAWTON COLLINS, GENERAL LUCIUS D. CLAY, GENERAL ALFRED M. GRUENTHER, GENERAL LAURIS NORSTAD, GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ - HFSID 284381
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US GENERALS: OMAR BRADLEY, CARL SPAATZ, LAWTON COLLINS, LAURIS NORSTAD, ALFRED GRUENTHER and LUCIUS CLAY
All six, important leaders of World War II and the early Cold War, signed this First Day Cover honoring President Eisenhower.
First Day Cover signed: "Alfred M. Gruenther", "Lawton Collins", "Lauris Norstad", "Carl Spaatz", "Omar N. Bradley", "Lucius Clay", 6½x3½. FDC honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, with cachet showing him in uniform. Postmarked Abilene, Kansas, 1959 October 15, 6-cent Eisenhower stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. OMAR BRADLEY (1893-1981) took command of the First Army in January of 1944, which, constituting the Allied right wing, landed at Utah and Omaha beaches, Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. In August of 1944, he became the Commander of the 12th Army Group, the largest force ever commanded on the field. Bradley served as the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1949 to 1953, being promoted to Five-Star Generalof the Army in 1950. Lacking the arrogance and ostentation of some other generals, Bradley became known as "the soldier's general." LUCIUS CLAY (1897-1978), Deputy to Supreme Commander Eisenhower, served as Deputy Military Governor (1945-1947) andMilitary Governor (1947-1949) of the American Zone in occupied Germany. He 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, on a mission to Berlin that lasted until September 1962. Major General Joseph LAWTON COLLINS (1896-1987) was Commander of the 25th Infantry Division which, in December 1942, landed as a relief force on Guadalcanal. He was part of General Omar Bradley's First Army in the Normandy assault as Commander of the VII Corps that spearheaded the breakout at St. Lô in July 1944. From 1949-1953, General Collins was Chief of Staff of the Army. In 1941, ALFRED M. GRUENTHER (1899-1983) was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Third Army; Brigadier General Eisenhower was Chief of Staff. In 1943, he was named Chief of Staff of General Mark Clark's Fifth Army in North Africa and Italy. Later he was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe (1953-1956) and President of the American Red Cross. After taking part in the North Africa campaign in 1942-1943, LAURIS NORSTAD (1907-1988) became Chief of Staff of the 20th Air Force under General Hap Arnold's direct command. Promoted to Major General in June 1945, Norstad had direct responsibility for planning the atomic bomb missions carried out over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. As Supreme Allied Commander Europe(1956-1963), he served as Commander of NATO forces. CARL SPAATZ (1891-1974) became Lieutenant General in March 1943. He took command of United States Strategic Air Forces in January 1944 and led the air war against Germany until the war's end in Europe. He got his fourth star in March 1945. In July 1945, Spaatz moved his headquarters to the Pacific Ocean theater with the 20th Air Force as his main strike force. It was there that he received the order from the War Department for the 509 Composite Group of the 20th Air Force to drop atomic bombs on Japan. Spaatz became the first Chief of Staff of the independent U.S. Air Force in 1947. Fine condition.
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