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Curtis LeMay
LeMay
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1906
Date of Death: 1990
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Soldier, Pilot, Politician
Spouse: Helen
Military Branch: United States Army
United States Air Force
Political Party: Independence Party
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact, Aftershocks
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: United States Air and Space Force

Curtis Emerson LeMay (November 15, 1906 – October 1, 1990) was a General in the United States Army and, later, United States Air Force. He served as Chief of Staff of the Air Force during President John F. Kennedy's administration, where he repeatedly clashed with the Administration on several issues, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He is credited with designing and implementing an effective systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. After the war, he headed the airlift of supplies to the beleaguered inhabitants of Soviet-occupied Berlin, Germany, then reorganized the Strategic Air Command (SAC) into an effective means of conducting nuclear war.

LeMay retired from the military in 1965. In 1968 he entered politics, as the American Independent Party's vice presidential candidate, the running mate to George Wallace. Though the Wallace-LeMay ticket finished a distant third to Richard Nixon's and Hubert Humphrey's Republican and Democratic campaigns, it was one of only a handful of third-party tickets to carry states in the Electoral College, and was, as of 2015, the most recent to do so.

Curtis LeMay in WorldwarEdit

Curtis LeMay was an American general during World War II and the war against the Race's Conquest Fleet. He was very highly placed in the US military in the 1960s. He helped President Earl Warren attack the Colonization Fleet in 1962[1] and helped ensure secrecy around the building of the Lewis and Clark, personally visiting Glen Johnson[2] and Sam Yeager[3] when they grew too interested in the project and ordering them to cease their investigations. LeMay did not know that Yeager was also investigating the 1962 attack on the Colonization Fleet.[4]

Following President Warren's suicide, the destruction of Indianapolis by the Race, and the revelation of the US's role in the attack on the Colonization Fleet, LeMay was one of many prominent American officers who were forced to resign.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Aftershocks, pg. 283.
  2. Second Contact, pg. 393.
  3. Ibid., pg. 473.
  4. Aftershocks, pg. 469.
  5. Ibid.
Military offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Gen. George C. Kenney
Commander, Strategic Air Command
1948—1957
Succeeded by
Gen. Thomas S. Power
Preceded by
Gen. Thomas D. White
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
1957 - 1961
Succeeded by
Gen. Frederic H. Smith, Jr.
Preceded by
Gen. Thomas D. White
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
1961–1965
Succeeded by
Gen. John P. McConnell
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
None
American Independent Party Vice Presidential Candidate
1968
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Anderson

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