GENERAL CLAIRE CHENNAULT

Veteran: Claire Chennault
Artist: Paul Jarvis
Writer: Richard Pels

In 1937 General Claire Chennault accepted a challenge: build the Republic of China Air Force into a unit that could stop the Japanese in Burma, China and India.

His expatriate American division, the Flying Tigers struck America's first blow in WW II just days after Pearl Harbor. 

His Americans all wore life-saving “Blood Chits,” silk banners that proclaimed, “This foreign air soldier has come to help. Rescue and protect him.” 

It became a symbol of valor in the face of overwhelming odds that Chennault’s men wore proudly.