The Story of Billy Mitchell by the 59 Vets Project!

Billy Mitchell

William Lendrum “Billy” Mitchell (Dec. 29, 1879 – Feb. 19, 1936) was a very brave and outspoken military man. He was also a distinguished United States Army general who is regarded as the father of the United States Air Force.
Billy Mitchell served in France during World War I and commanded and flew hundreds of combat missions into enemy territory. He was also a fighter ace and highly decorated veteran, recognized as one of the top American airmen of the war with aces such as his good friend, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Billy was probably the best-known American in Europe. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal with eight campaign clasps, and several distinguished foreign decorations
He antagonized many leaders of the Army with his arguments for air power and, in 1925, was demoted to his permanent rank of colonel due to his insubordination while trying to save the lives of thousands of fellow troops. Later that year, he was court-martialed for insubordination after accusing Army and Navy leaders of an “almost treasonable administration of the national defense” for investing in battleships instead of aircraft carriers. He resigned from the service soon thereafter.
Mitchell received many honors following his death, including a commission as a major general by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is also the only individual for whom an American military aircraft design is named (the North American B-25).
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