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[Letter] 1949 June 11 [to] Francis E. Walter, Washington, D.C. / C.L. Chennault.

Title: [Letter] 1949 June 11 [to] Francis E. Walter, Washington, D.C. / C.L. Chennault.
Personal Author: Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958.
Date: 1949 June 11.
Extent: [1] leaf.
General Note: The letter is typed on Claire Lee Chennault letterhead. See also Walter's biography and a guide to research collections of his papers (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000108). See also additional letters in the collection to Walter.
Abstract: Chennault encloses a copy of his notes on China due to the importance of the "Communist conquest of China to the welfare of the United States." Chennault prepared these notes from his twelve years of "intimate observation," as a private citizen, impelled by the belief that the "communization of China gravely threatens the peace and security of our own country." A fighter pilot and author of The Role of Defensive Pursuit (1935), Chennault was an advisor to Chiang Kai-Shek from 1937 through World War II, receiving China's highest honor for his service in training the Chinese air force to combat the Japanese; his American Volunteer Group was incorporated into the Army in 1942. Postwar, Chennault organized an airline to assist in the relief efforts in China and to support the Nationalists; he cooperated with the CIA, and his airline was used during the Korean War. The letter's recipient, Congressman Walter, was chairman of the Committee on Un-American Activities. Walter also served in World War II and as a Representative from Pennsylvania in the seventy-third and fifteen succeeding Congresses, serving from 1933 until his death May 31, 1963.
Personal Subject: Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958--Correspondence
Walter, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1894-1963--Correspondence.
Corporate Subject: United States. Air Force.
Subject: Communism--China
Generals--United States.
Geographical Subject: China.
Recipient: Walter, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1894-1963.
 

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