1926 – General Billy Mitchell Resigns

On this date General William "Billy" Mitchell resigned from the United States Air Service after he was found guilty of insubordination at a court martial hearing. He was suspended from active duty for five years. A Milwaukee native, Mitchell vigorously opposed the Army’s concentration on maritime power instead of air power. Mitchell devoted his life to the study and execution of air power, and was recognized as the top American combat airman of World War I. There was one dissenter in the court martial hearing – General Douglas MacArthur, an old Milwaukee friend. [Source: ]