Considered "one of the founding fathers of the United States Air Force," General Hoyt S. Vandenberg (1899-1954) was Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1948 to 1953. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his role in planning the Normandy invasion in 1944 as commander of the Ninth Air Force, the largest air command in history.
Monday, January 01, 1900
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From insert with disc:
U.S. AIR FORCE
GROUND OBSERVER CORPS
33 1/3 R.P.M.
NAME OCCUPATION TIME
1. General Benjamin W. Chidlaw, Commanding General, Air Defense Command 1:55
2. Lt. General Leon W. Johnson, Commanding General, Continental Air Command Congressional Medal of Honor winner for his participation in the Ploestie Oil Field Raids of World War II :50
3. Lt. General Clarence Heubner (RET), N. Y. State Director of Civil Defense :28
4. Edward R. Murrow, News Analyst and radio and television news reporter :30
5. General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Chief of Staff, USAF :41
6. Red Barber, Radio and TV Sportscaster :20
7. Mr. E. J. Tangerman, Executive Editor of American Machinist Magazine 2:4l
8. Ed Sullivan, Syndicated columnist and TV star 1:50
9. Arthur Godfrey, Radio and TV star :50
10. Major Charles Yeager, First man to fly faster [than] the speed of sound 1:22
11. Robert Q. Lewis, Radio and TV comedian :30
12. Vaughn Monroe, Orchestra leader and vocalist 1:11
13. Mr. "X", Ground Observer whose name cannot be used because of the fear of reprisal to relatives behind the Iron Curtain. 1:15
14. Captain Fred Blesse, One of our leading jet aces :27
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
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