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COOPER, Merian Caldwell Papers (1942)

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Call No. 142.052 (22 December 1942)

IRIS No. 00115742

(1894-1973). Brigadier General. USAF, 1917-1919, 1921-1953. Motion Picture Director, Producer, Author. Born 24 October 1894, Jacksonville, FL. US Naval Academy, 1911-1914. Served to the grade of Captain, US Army, World War I; served as Lieutenant Colonel, Kosciuszko Squadron, Poland, 1920. Career assignments include: Chief of Staff to General Chennault, China Air Task Force, 1942; Staff Member, Fifth Air Force, 1943-1945. Creator and producer of the motion picture "King Kong". Former director, Pan American World Airways, Western Airlines and General Aviation. Died 21 April 1973, San Diego, CA. Author of The Sea Gypsy (1924), Grass (1925), Things Men Die For (1927) and King Kong (1932).

Official papers relating to Cooper's experiences with the American Volunteer Group in China. Contains remarks, including an A-2 interview on equipment, tactics, personnel and goals of the AVG and China Air Task Force. Also includes several references to the leadership of General Chennault.