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Mitchell, William E. (1879-1936) to Lester D. Gardner

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00950 Author/Creator: Mitchell, William E. (1879-1936) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 26 July 1924 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed as Brigadier General, Air Service, Assistant Chief of Air Service. Advises that he will come to New York as soon as possible but that he has to have his tonsils out. Remarks that the Air Force "has almost ceased to exist ... " Believes that the Air Force needs to separate from the Army and Navy. He thinks that American navy power could easily be destroyed by Japan's air power. In his opinion, protecting the sea is the "only sure method of national defense that we have at the present time ... " Typed on note stationery of the War Department, Air Service, Washington.

People: Mitchell, William E., 1879-1936.
Gardner, Lester D. (Lester Durand), 1876-1956.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Air Force, Health and Medical, Navy, Military History, Asia, Maritime, World War I, World War II

Sub Era: World War One