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Curtis E. LeMay and Lauris Norstad Correspondence

Curtis E. LeMay and Lauris Norstad Correspondence

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Communications between two of the leading figures in the aerial bombing campaign against Japan. Source: Curtis LeMay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Communications between two of the leading figures in the aerial bombing campaign against Japan. Source: Curtis LeMay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

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-
•tor
General
Curt.la
I.
Lelllq,
U.
S.
J:nsy
Co
maDdiDg
General,
Ul
Bomber Comand
~
234,
c/o
Poetaster
San
Francisco,
California
DMr
Curt
i
17
April
1945
I
aeea
to
be
back
in
the
public
relationa
buiness
again,
t.bia
t.t.
ewer
a
statement
attributed
to
youby
Associated
Press
and
CBS
on
April
151
r
•The
destruction
ot
Japan's
industt7
by
air
blows
alone
1a
poaslble.
Personally-
I
have
no
quarrel
with
that thesis,
and
the
1tatnnt.
aa
well
received
by-
both
press
aDd
radio.
But
there
is
a War
Depart•nt
polic7,
steaming
trom
la
st
y-ear's
orgy
of
predictions
that
the
war
would
eDd
before
Christll8.8,whi
ch
prohi
bita
alJ1'
predietions
or
speculationa
of
a.nr
kiDd
b7
.
General
Officer
s.
There
never
is
acy
quarrel
over
a
stateJUnt
of
acco.pliah
•nt;
but
what
may
or
could
happen
is
rece
ivedwith
a
Tery
jaundiced
qe.
This
attitude
st
ems
!rorc
such
a
high
leve
l t
hat
departures
from
it
auto.\-
icall
y
bringrepercussions.
In
this
ca
se
it
has
been
suggested
that
the
War
Depart
m
ent
my
in
futurepublicly
repudiate
any
predictiona
b7
otticera,
which
would
of
c
our
se
be
exceeding
ly
embarassing
The
situation
is
a
cut
e
n
ow
that
the
denou
eme
nt
in
Europe
hasbecun,
aDd
a
particularly
strong
chec;.rein
is
exerted
right
now
lest
someone
be
i.Daplred
to
pred
ict
the
end
of
the
war
aga
i
n,
or
be
the
innocent cause
of
soM
controversy
over
the
congressional
plan
for
consolidation
of
the
ailitar,y
aDd
aa~
eatablis
hmente.
When
a
press
statem
ent
is
issued
here,
it
is
hedged,
eheeked,
screened
Ud
kibitsed
by
en
ryo11e
familiar
with
the
day-to-day
shifts in
high
leYel
attitude,
and
ev
en
then
our
fingers
are
crossed
at
the
time
ofreleaae.
There
tore,
I
think
that
it
we
all
keep
entirely
clear
of
predictions
ot
&Jrf
utare
for
some
time
to
come,
our
cause
will
be
beat
served.
We
are
anxiouslywaiting
word
of
the
resultsof
your
last
attack
OD
southwest
Toqo
and
the
lawaaaki
area.
We
are
optillistic
e11ough
to
hope
t.hat.
t.he
effect
ofthe
oth
er two
operationa
will
be
duplicated.
Gi
ye
rq
regards
to
Augie,
BUl,
llont7
aDd
the
rest.
Sincenly
LlURIS
IORSTD
Bripdler
O.aeral'
u.
a.
lnT
 
IN
REPLY
REFER
TO:
~
.lJ
~
 
tADQUARTER
S,
ARMYAIR
FORC!
{
WASHINGTON
16 O
ct
ober
19
45
.
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.
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0
Majo
rGeneral
Curtis
E.LeHay
J;
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21stBo
mbe
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omman
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i
fi
APO
234,
c/o
Postm
aster
;/San
Fr
a
ncis
co,
California
gt.
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s
~.q
al
De
ar
Cu
rt
:M.J.
Parnell
Thomas
,Congressmanfrom
New
Jerse
y,anda
member
of
the
HouseM
litary
Affairs
Committee
has asked
that
we
obtain
an
or
i
gi
nal
signature
on
the
attached
lette
r
if
possible
.
This
is
ane
xact
copy
of
a mimeographed
letter
wh
ich
indicates
that
the or
igi
n
al
was
si
gned
by
you on
the
1st
of
Augus
t1945.
Mr
.
Thomas
has
ason
in
the
55th
R
econnaissance
Squad
ron,
soI
feel
th
at
hisre
quest
is
a
le
gitimat
e one.
In
-
ci
d
ental
ly
,heis a
very
firm
supp
ort
er
of
the
Air
For
ces.
I wouldappr
eci
ate
the
re
t
urn
of
the
attached
le
t
ter
at
yo
ur
earliest
convenience.
 
J.'
PARNEL.L.
THOMAS
7THOlltTftiCT N,
.J,
'
~ongrtss
of
tbt
Wnittb
~tates
J}ou~t
of
1\tprt~tntatibt~
COMMITTEES:
MIUT
ARY
A
Pf'AJ~
•aS'bington,
a.
«:
.
September
12
,1945Major
General
Curtis
E.
Le
M a
~ r
,
Commanding
General
,Headq
uarters
20th
Air
Force
,
APO
234,
c/o
Postmaste
rSan
F.r~cisco,
Ca
lifornia
.Dear
General
Le
May
:
It
was
the
good
fortuneof
my
son
,
Sergeant
J.
Parnell
Th
oma
s,
Jr
.,
to
receive
,
through
Lt
.Col.
Chavasse
,a commendationfr
om
you.
This
was
dated
August
1,1945
and
given
to
the
Commanding
Officer
,
55th
Reconnaisance
Squadron
,LongRange,
Wea
.,
APO
234.Knowing
that
I would
be
interestedin
this~
my
son
mailed
it
to
me
,and
the
thought
has
occurred
that
I
would
like
to
have
this
framed
to
be
p
laced
in
my
den,
but
that
it
wouldbe
much
better
if
I
could
receive
one
personally signed
by
you.Thanking you
in
anticipation
of
whateve
r
you
may
doon
this
regRrd
,
and
with
best
personal
reg
a
rds
,I
am
Sincerely
,

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