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James M. Gavin
Military leader and ambassador
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James Maurice "Jumpin' Jim" Gavin was a prominent lieutenant general in the United States Army during World War II. He was also referred to as "The Jumping General", because of his practice of taking part in combat drops with the paratroopers whom he commanded. In his mid-30s at the time, Gavin was the youngest U.S. major general commanding a division during World War II. During combat, he was known for his habit of carrying an M1 Garand rifle typically carried by enlisted U.S. soldiers, as opposed to the M1 carbine rifles and Colt Model M1911 .45 caliber pistols traditionally carried by officers. His men respected him a great deal, affectionately referring to him as "Slim Jim" due to his athletic figure. Gavin fought against segregation in the U.S. Army, which gained him some notoriety. Among his decorations, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the British Distinguished Service Order. 
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March 22nd, 1907 in New York City  /  Died:   Feb 23rd, 1990
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2014/01/08
New Scanned Autograph (TTM/Prob.Auth)
2010/12/05
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2010/12/05
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