PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE, GENERAL WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND - HFSID 43171
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GERALD R. FORD, JAMES H. DOOLITTLE and WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND
Gerald R. Ford, James H. Doolittle and William C. Westmoreland sign a first day cover honoring Eisenhower.
First Day Cover signed: "Gerald R. Ford", "J. H. Doolittle" and "W.C. Westmoreland", 6½x3¾. First Day Cover honoring Eisenhower, 8-cent Eisenhower stamp affixed, postmarked Casa Grande, Arizona, January 28, 1972, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. On August 9, 1974, GERALD R. FORD (1913-2006) was sworn in as the nation's 38th President following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Ford had previously served as Nixon's Vice President (December 6, 1973-August 9, 1974) following the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, becoming the only man to have held both of the nation's highest offices without being elected to either. Ford, who was previously a U.S. Congressman from Michigan (1949-1973; Minority Leader, 1965-1973), lost his bid for election to a full four-year term partially as a result of his controversial pardon of his predecessor. Ford celebrated his 93rd birthday on July 14, 2006. Before his death on December 26, 2006, Ford had surpassed Ronald Reagan (who also lived to age 93) as the longest-lived former U.S. President. In 1922, JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE (1896-1993) made the first transcontinental flight in less than 24 hours. In the 1920s and 1930s, he set various speed and flight records. During WWII, Doolittle, a veteran of WWI, and 79 other fighter pilots ("Doolittle's Raiders") bombed Tokyo on April 18, 1942, the first air attack on the Japanese capital. Also hit were targets in Yokohama and other cities, scoring a huge victory for U.S. morale at a time when Japan's position in the Pacific seemed impregnable. Doolittle was promoted to Brigadier General the next day and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the raid. After retiring from the military at the end of WWII, Doolittle was an executive with Shell Oil until his retirement in 1959. WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND (1914-2005), a veteran of WWII, was Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1960-1963) and Commander of the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and United States Army, Vietnam, at the peak of the Vietnam War (1964-1968). Westmoreland, who then served as Army Chief of Staff (1968-1972), supervised the Army's disengagement from Vietnam and the transition from the draft to an all-volunteer Army. Fine condition.
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