Vintage semi-glossy 9 x 7.5 photo of Major General Chennault at his desk, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Lily Pons, in sincere appreciation of your marvelous singing, C. L. Chennault.” Reverse bears an "Official Photo, 16th AAF Combat Camera Unit" stamp. In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, and scattered light creasing, heavier to the upper right corner.
In 1944, during World War II, Operatic soprano and actress Lily Pons toured with the USO and entertained troops with her singing. With her husband Andre Kostelanetz, who directed a band composed of American soldiers as accompaniment to her voice, the pair performed at military bases in North Africa, Italy, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, India and Burma in 1944, and then, in 1945, throughout China, Belgium, France, and Germany. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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