McNarney, Joseph T.

US Army aviator, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, led US Forces in Mediterranean Theater, and US Occupation Forces in Germany

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(1893-1972) US Army Air Forces (and later Air Force) general, Military Governor of occupied Germany. USMA 1915 ("the class the stars fell on"). To France 1917 as assistant to the 1st Corps Aeronautical School, joined Headquarters Air Service Jan. 1918. Helped direct 2nd Corps School and led 1st Aero Squadron flights in Toul sector, promoted to major June 1918. During Chateau Thierry offensive commanded 1st Corps Observation Group, chief of Air Service of 3rd Corps, on staff of chief of Air Service of 1st Army. Led Air Corps during St. Mihiel offensive and 5th Corps in Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Brigadier general April 1941, after attack on Pearl Harbor served on the Roberts Commission which investigated Army & Navy commanders in Hawaii. In January 1942 promoted to major general and appointed to the War Department Reorganization Board. Deputy chief of staff of the Army in March with promotion to lieutenant general in June. While deputy chief of staff, McNarney developed the plan of anti-submarine warfare and instructed General Arnold to organize Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command to attack hostile submarines "wherever they may be operating." This offensive measure eventually destroyed the German hold on sea lanes. To Europe as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean Theater and commanding general of the US Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater Oct. 1944. Full general March 1945, acting supreme allied commander of Mediterranean Theater in Sept. Commanding general of the US Forces in European Theater and commander-in-chief, US Forces of Occupation in Germany in Nov. Commanding general of Air Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct.1947 to Sept. 1949, chief of Department of Defense's Management Committee until Jan. 31, 1952 retirement. ALS on 10 ½ x 7 ¼ letterhead as Commanding General, Headquarters, Air Materiel Command, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, April 28 1948, to Mrs. Madlener. Gen. McNarney agrees as to importance of hobbies, more than ever important “…with all the tensions growing out of the international system…” He is glad to help her in a small way with her hobby. With envelope. Tensions with the USSR were escalating, and Marshal Stalin would impose a land blockade of Berlin in June in an attempt to take control of the city. Elaine Wetmore Madlener (1912-1989) Chicago socialite, philanthropist, biographer of conductor Herbert von Karajan, 1st woman secretary of The National Autograph Collector’s Society (now The Manuscript Society), authored several articles on collecting. Her husband, Otto Madlener, was also a prominent autograph collector.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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