Mitchell,  General William

Mitchell, General William

Male 1879 - 1936  (56 years)

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  • Name Mitchell, William  [1, 2
    Title General 
    Born 29 Dec 1879  Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Race White  [1
    Name Billy 
    Occupation General US Army 
    Residence Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 19 Feb 1936  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Forest Home Cemetery
    Person ID I4217  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Family Miller, Elizabeth Trumbull,   b. 14 Oct 1890, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1962, Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 11 Oct 1923  Grosse Pointe, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mitchell, Lucy Turnbull,   b. 2 Aug 1925, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1974, Boyce, Clarke, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     2. Mitchell, William II,   b. 12 Dec 1928, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1969, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F1502  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Dec 1879 - Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Oct 1923 - Grosse Pointe, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Feb 1936 - New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Headstones
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    Family Crest
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  • Notes 
    • United States Army General, Aviation Pioneer, Special Congressional Medal Recipient. At the start of the Spanish-American War, he enlisted in the Army as a Private, and rose rapidly in the Signal Corps, which at first, controlled the development of Army aviation. In 1916, he learned to fly, and became the air adviser to General John J. Pershing in World War I. At the end of the war, Mitchell was promoted to Brigadier General, and made assistant chief of the Air Service, becoming the leading advocate of the air forces' independence of the Army and the Navy. His belief in the future of military aviation developed resistance among leaders of the traditional Army and Navy, especially his claims that the Air Force made large capital surface ships obsolete. In 1921, he demonstrated this by attacking a surrendered German battleship, cruiser and a destroyer, sinking all three by bombers in less than 20 minutes, and to counter those who argued that American ships could not be sunk, repeated the demonstration on three obsolete American battleships. To counter critics that said the bombers sank those ships because they were undefended, he had aerial targets towed behind bombers parallel to antiaircraft guns, who then attempted to knock down the targets - after an hour of firing all their guns at the aerial targets, only one target had been hit, by one bullet - every target had been missed. In October 1924, his critics sent him on an extended tour of the Far East, but when he returned, Mitchell predicted that the next war would be with Japan, that Japan would attack the American fleet at Pearl Harbor without warning and without a declaration of war while negotiating peace, and that the next war would be one between airplanes and submarines, with the surface fleet being subordinated to the role of transporting Army troops and supplies. All that he theorized came true just 15 years later. When his critics silenced him, he went to the public to obtain support for a proper national defense. His critics then had him court-martialed for insubordination, and the board ordered him suspended from service for five years. Rather than accept the courtmartial verdict, he resigned from the Air Service. Broken, he died shortly afterward in New York City.

      He had a moving picture made depicting his life and tribulations. First World Flight: The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell" is the Biography of General Bill Mitchell and the incredible first flight around the world in 1924. An adventure-filled U. S. military history during its transformations from isolationism to a dominant world power

      Name: irvan moritzky Email: powellpl22 at juno. com Find: Family Search Think: It's Great!!! Date: February 10, 2004 Comments: My Wife is a descendant of Laurence Warren 30 on your list. Stamford, CT. I was researching Elizabeth Trumbull Sidney Miller (Gen. Billy Mitchell's widow).

      Name: Suzie Maxey Email: floozey1@aol. com Find: Other Think: I found what I wanted!!!!!!!! Date: February 21, 2004
      I came upon your WebSite by accident while I was reading Christopher Longs visitor comments. Your letter really intrigued me, because my Husband and I have been doing research on Gen. Billy Mitchell for about 5 years. We have also contacted Christopher. Our interest is over some old aviation photos from World War I that were left to my Husband after his Dad died in 1980. These photos represent what Gen. Mitchell was trying to tell the U. S. government. He tried his best to get across the message that his men were flying in antiquated aircraft and for the best interest of our country we needed the best, for the protection of America. This of course fell on deaf ears. Mostly political bologna. My Husband and I have found out that the trial in 1925 was "Military Incorrect. " Gen. Mitchell's son William Mitchell II (son of Billy and Elizabeth) in 1957 went before Congress to have his Dad' verdict overturned but was denied and then sent to the Sec. of the Air Force and was denied there. But there wasn't an Air Force in 1925 the son should have been sent to the Sec. of the Army. More Politics. nevertheless we have found another relative. Congressman Charley Bass from New Hampshire. We have sent him copies of our photos. Congressman Bass says that the family does not want Gen. Mitchells verdict overturned they want him to remain a martyr. This is so hard for me to believe since I know how the son tried to get it overturned. I have tried so very hard to find out about William II and can't find anything other than the one article before Congress. That is the reason e-mailed you since you were doing research on Elizabeth Turnbull his mother. I have contacted some relatives in Canada and from what I understand, the Mitchell family was split and ½ of the family felt shame over Billy standing up. I think that this had to do with the 1st Wife and children. I don't know, but I believe in everything that Billy stood for and his belief in what was right for our Country. If you can shed any light on what I have written I would appreciate any help on Gen. Billy Mitchell son William II Congressman Bass said that he died in the early 60's but I can't find anything. Thanks so much Suzie Maxey

  • Sources 
    1. [S306] Michigan, USA Birth, Death and Marriage Records.
      Record for Elizabeth T Miller

    2. [S167] FindAGrave, (Name: www.findagrave.com;).
      Record for Elizabeth Byrd