Gen. Curtis LeMay in Tokyo, 1963
Published: August 28, 2012
Hideyuki Mihashi ©Stars and Stripes
Tokyo, April, 1963: U.S. Air Force chief of staff Gen. Curtis E. LeMay settles in with a newspaper and his trademark cigar as his helicopter prepares to leave the Stars and Stripes helipad in downtown Tokyo. At a press conference, LeMay was asked for his thoughts on visiting Japan after being an architect of the massive bombing campaign against the country in World War II. He replied, "We were enemies — against the government, not the people. My job was to destroy that government and I did my best."
Stars and Stripes' story from Gen. LeMay's 1963 press conference in Tokyo.