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Billy Mitchell

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Birthday
29, 1879
Birthplace
Nice, France
DEATH DATE
Feb 19, 1936 (56)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
29, 1879
Birthplace
Nice, France
DEATH DATE
Feb 19, 1936 (56)

About

U.S. Army general who directed all American air combat in France during World War I.

Before Fame

He graduated from George Washington University and began serving in the Spanish American War at age eighteen. He grew up in Wisconsin, and enlisted in the Army in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. 

Trivia

He is considered the father and founder of the U.S. Air Force. In 1913, he was promoted to captain and became the youngest officers to serve on the general staff.

Family Life

He was the French-born son of a Wisconsin Senator, John Mitchell. He was the eldest of 10 children. 

Associated With

He was posthumously awarded the rank of Major General by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.