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Seeing The Century

June 2024
1min read

Congratulations on choosing a picture of Jimmy Stewart being sworn into the Army as the “Frontispiece” for your “100 Years—100 Pictures” issue. He was truly a great American. However, I must point out an error in the accompanying text. Stewart did not complete his military career with the 2d Combat Wing, as stated. After World War II he continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement as a brigadier general in 1968. His reserve assignments included duty with the Strategic Air Command and with the director of information at the Pentagon, which may provide a clue to the catalyst for the making of Strategic Air Command , in which he starred in 1959. In 1966 Brigadier General Stewart asked for a combat assignment during his two weeks’ annual training and participated in a bombing strike over Vietnam.

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