Curtis Emerson LeMay (1906–1990) 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 the John F. Kennedy 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 Berlin airlift, 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 win votes at the Electoral College, and was, at the time of this writing (2010), the most recent to do so.
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 and helped insure secrecy around the building of the Lewis and Clark, personally visiting Glen Johnson and Sam Yeager 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 attack on the Colonization Fleet.
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.
- ↑ Aftershocks, pg. 283.
- ↑ Second Contact, pg. 393.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 473.
- ↑ Aftershocks, pg. 469.
- ↑ Ibid.