October 17, 1918

 

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1918:    Brig Gen William “Billy” Mitchell briefs General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, on a plan to airdrop elements of 1st American Infantry Division behind German lines. General Pershing tentatively approves this concept, but World War I ends before the plan could be developed.

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