Gavin, James M.

1970 TLS of the youngest WW II Major General, with the 82nd Airborne at Normandy & Nijmegen paratroop assaults

Price: $75.00

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(1907-1990) USMA ‘29, captain 1941, became paratrooper. As colonel, he commanded a parachute combat team that spearheaded the 1943 invasion of Sicily. Brigadier General and asst. commander of the 82nd Airborne at Normandy on D-Day. Given command of the 82nd , after leading paratroop assault on Nijmegen in Operation Market Garden, made youngest Major General division commander in WW II. Called "The Jumping General" or “Jumping Jim” because of his practice of taking part in combat drops with his command. During combat, he carried an M1 rifle, not traditional pistols carried by officers. Lieut. General at war's end, by 1955 he was Army's chief of R&D, instrumental in developing helicopter-borne forces that played a large role in Vietnam War. Led a group of Army commanders who persuaded the Pentagon to let the Army develop long-range missiles, mission later lost to the Air Force and Navy, though it retained control over tactical battlefield missles. The youngest 3-star general retired abruptly in 1958 after a dispute with the Pentagon over what he considered a diminished role for the Army in missile development. VP of Arthur D. Little, Inc. 1958, President 1960, President & Chairman until 1977 retirement. Took leave from ADL to be Ambassador to France 1961-62. Wrote “War and Peace in the Space Age” (1958), “Airborne Warfare” (1947), “Crisis Now” (1968), and memoir “On to Berlin” (1978). TLS on 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 personal letterhead, Cambridge, Mass., October 19 1970, to a Philadelphia collector, sends signed photo (not present), mentions his home town of Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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