Brigadier General William (Billy) Mitchell Memorial, (sculpture)
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Colorado, Colorado Springs survey, 1993.
Image on file.
Sculptor Lt. Colonel Jerry McKenna/San Antonio 1989 (On plaque on front of base:) BRIGADIER GENERAL/WILLIAM ("BILLY") MITCHELL/1879-1936/BRIGADIER GENERAL BILLY MITCHELL WAS BORN IN/NICE, FRANCE ON DECEMBER 29, 1879 AND/GREW UP IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN./THROUGHOUT HIS 28 YEAR CAREER HE/WAS ONE OF AMERICAS FOREMOST PROPONENTS/FOR A STRONG AIR FORCE AND CHAMPIONED/THE IDEA OF A SEPARATE ACADEMY FOR THE AIR SERVICE./DURING WORLD WAR I HE ROSE/FROM THE RANK OF CAPTAIN TO BRIGADIER GENERAL. AFTER/WORLD WAR I, REALIZING AMERICA'S AIR POWER/DEFICIENCIES, HE BECAME INCREASINGLY CRITICAL/OF THE NATIONAL MILITARY POSTURE. IT WAS/DURING THIS PERIOD/THAT HE POINTED OUT/THE VULNERABILITY OF HAWAII FOR A SNEAK/ATTACK. ON AUGUST 8, 1946, CONGRESS/AUTHORIZED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO/AWARD HIM POSTHUMOUSLY A MEDAL OF/HONOR IN RECOGNITION OF HIS OUTSTANDING/PIONEER SERVICE AND FORESIGHT IN THE FIELD/OF AMERICAN MILITARY AVIATION. THIS BRONZE/BUST DEPICTS GENERAL MITCHELL AS HE LOOKED/DURING WORLD WAR I./DEDICATED 10 MAY 1989/SCULPTOR LT COL JERRY MCKENNA PEDESTAL DONATED BY USAA. signed
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A life-size bronze bust of General Mitchell in World War I Army Aviation Corps Service Dress with no hat. His head is turned slightly to the proper left. The bust rests on a simple polished granite base.
sculptor: McKenna, Jerry
Subject: Mitchell, William
Control number: IAS CO000085
Date: 1989. Copyrighted 1989. Dedicated May 1989
Medium: Bronze on polished granite
Title: Brigadier General Mitchell Memorial, (sculpture)
Owner/Location: Administered by United States Air Force Academy 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 351 Colorado Springs Colorado 80840
Owner/Location: Located United States Air Force Academy Cadet Area Air Gardens Colorado Springs Colorado