Chase, William C.
Led Armyâ€™s 1st Cavalry: â€œFirst in Manila, First in Tokyoâ€
Autograph ID: 4014
Condition: Very good, slight crease lower left edge
Description: “(1895-1986) US Army Major General, commanded 1st Cavalry Division (“First in Manila, First in Tokyo”). Liberated Manila, led 1st US troops to enter Tokyo 9/8/45. Graduate of Brown University, enlisted in Rhode Island National Guard 1913, commissioned cavalry 2nd Lieut. Jan. 1917, served in France WW I and in occupation of the Rhineland. Brigadier General March 1943 on assuming command of 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, chosen to lead assault on the Admiralty Islands Feb. 1944. Fought in Leyte, Luzon & Bataan. In Feb. 1945, Chase’s columns pushed into northern outskirts of Manila, liberating 3,700 internees at University of Santo Tomas which had been turned into an internment camp. Assumed command of 1st Cavalry Aug. 1, 1945, remained with it in occupation of Japan until he returned to the US Jan. 1949. Chief of US Military Mission to Formosa on fall of China to Communists.
10 x 8 TLS as Major General USA, Commanding 1st Cavalry Division, yellow & black Division emblem at top center, Camp Drake, Tokyo, February 10 1947, to a Cleveland collector. General Chase is happy to send a photo (not present) to add to his collection of Generals & Admirals, believes collector holds “…the all-time record with 750 Generals and 250 Admirals.” With personal Division envelope.”