Not just any general. This one.
Carl Andrew Spaatz (born Spatz; June 28, 1891 July 14, 1974), nicknamed “Tooey”, was an American World War II general. As commander of Strategic Air Forces in Europe in 1944, he successfully pressed for the bombing of the enemy’s oil production facilities as a priority over other targets. He became Chief of Staff of the newly formed United States Air Force in 1947.
I met Paul Tibbets and his navigator at an airshow in Florida.
I purchased the book he was selling , with his and his navigators autographs. He undertook a historic and necessary mission. Those that criticize the dropping of the A- Bombs show look up operation Olympia and see the projected casualties for the invasion of Japan.
The Purple hearts given out today are from the 500,000 purple hearts manufactured in 1945 , which were deemed the number needed to be kept on hand for the invasion of Kyushu alone. There are still 120,000 in stock.