JAMES A. VAN FLEET James A. Van Fleet sends a typed letter giving a suggestion on another slant for a paper. Typed Letter Signed: “James A. Van Fleet,” 1p, 7¼x10½. Polk City, Florida, 1980 August 25. To Ms. Barbara Rice, Astoria, New York. In full: “Your letter of 13 August presents many problems, and would take an Einstein, not a military person, to answer. The tremendous research and development activity in the United States will keep ahead of Russia, and Russia knows this and fears to start a nuclear war. And why should she, when she is winning the cold war. So, may I suggest that you turn your paper into an exercise of solving the cold war. And don’t forget the chemical warfare, because Russia is far ahead of the United States in the production and stockpiling of these weapons in spite of the treaty between Russia and the United States. Sincerely,” Van Fleet commanded the 8th Infantry and went ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day. He took part in the sieges of Brest and Metz and broke through the Siegfried Line in February, 1945. In the Korean War, he succeeded General Ridgway as commander of the 8th Army, commanded it through months of bitter fighting, and was promoted to General in July, 1951. Fold crease through signature. Fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 167584
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