US Military Personnel
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Medal of Honor recipients Commander Richard Hetherington O'Kane, USN, and Master Sergeant Charles L. MaGaha with President Truman.
New York Times caption: "A special medal of honor was awarded posthumously to Brig. Gen. William (Billy) Mitchell and presented to his son today. Gen. Carl Spaatz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force presents the medal to William Mitchell Jr. with Mrs. T. B. Byrd, the former Mrs. Mitchell, looking on in ceremonies at Air Force Headquarters."
General Spaatz was a pilot who fought in both world wars and, when the United States Airforce was formed in 1947, Truman appointed him as its first Chief of Staff. Read more about him at the US Airforce website.
William Mitchell Jr. was the son of famed World War I pilot and "Father of the United States Air Force", William "Billy" Mitchell. Though William Mitchell Sr. was court-marshalled in 1925 for his criticism of military leadership and died in 1936, an act of Congress in 1946 poshumously awarded him the medal of honor.
New York Times caption: "President Truman congratulating Gen. Omar Bradley after he was sworn in as the Army's Chief of Staff with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, retiring Chief of Staff, looking on"
New York Times caption: "R. G. Carroll; Comdr. Roy M. Davenport; J.C. Dyer. Dyer and Carroll served under Davenport, now an instructor at Annapolis, in Pacific submarine duty. The three are chatting outside Bancroft Hall, talking over their experiences in the service."