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The Flying Tigers Chennault's American Volunteer Group in China

The Flying Tigers Chennault's American Volunteer Group in China

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The
Ftyng
Tigers
Chennault'sAmerican
Volunteer
GroupinChina
Theyvolunteered.
For
a
variety ofreasons--patriotic,
altuistic,
mercenary,
or
just"for
the
hellof
it"-nearly
three
hundred
U.S.
servicemen
and a
couple
of
female
nurses
volunteeredto
fightawar
in aplace theyknewlittle
about.
Recruited
at
military
bases
around the
county,
themernbers
of
the
American
Volunteer
Group
(AVG)
set
offfor
the
unknown
in
the summerand
fall
of
1941.
While
U.S.
support
for
the
Allied
cause
wasgrowingata
steadypace,most
Americans
still felt
distanced
from
the
conflict
envelopingEurope
andAsia
and
did
not
want to
goto war.
At
the
highest levels
ofthe
govemmenqhowever, enteringthe
war
appeared
inevitable.
The
AVG
was one
way
of
gaining
experience
in
this
viciouswar,
while
increasingsupportfor
the
nations
fighting
the
Axis
powers.
Despite
incredible
odds against them
fromnumerically
superior
Japanese
forces
and
a
near
complete lack
of
supply
and
replacement
parts,
they took
the
first
successfrrl
fight
to
the
Japanese
during
a
time
of
Japan's
unrelenting
successes.
It
was not
pretty,
and
their
legend
has
eclipsedthe
reality,but
the
reality
of
the
AVG
is
still
an
amazng
story.
Led
by
ClaireLeeCheruraultthey
made
history.
The
Captain from Louisiana
Claire
Chennault was
a
proud
man
with
stong
convictions.From his
child-
hood
in
the bayous
of Louisiana to
his rise
as
theleader
of
the
airforceof
China,
he
battled his superiors
and
the enemy
alike
with
tough
aggressive
tactics.He was
successful against the enemy,
not
so
much
with
his
superiors,
but
he
never
gave
up.
Hispilots
absorbed
this
lessonand
never
forgot
i!
especiallywhen the chipsweredown.
The
details
of
his
birth
are
inconsistent.
In
his memoits,
he
claimedto
have
been
bom
in
1890,
the
date
hegavewhen he entered
the
Army.
On
another occa-
sion,
he
used
1892.
His
passport,
however,had
September
6,
1893, and
census
records
from
1900
show his
parentshad one son,aged
six. Graduating
from
the
equivalent
of
high
school when he was thirteen,he
entered
Louisiana
State
Universif
at
fourteen.
It
was
at
LSU
that
he
had
his first
taste
of
militarylife
as
a
cadet
in
the studentbody.
Hefound
thathe
liked
militarylife,
althoughthe
disci-pline
sometimes
irked him.

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