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Any historians here?

snake020

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Contributor
Anyone know why LBJ was appointed a LCDR with no previous experience?


Just another case of congressional privilege?
 

GroundPounder

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Anyone know why LBJ was appointed a LCDR with no previous experience?


Just another case of congressional privilege?
Check out his Silver Star, that's more problematic.

While on a mission of obtaining information in the Southwest Pacific area, Lieutenant Commander Johnson, in order to obtain personal knowledge of combat conditions, volunteered as an observer on a hazardous aerial combat mission over hostile positions in New Guinea. As our planes neared the target area they were intercepted by eight hostile fighters… The plane in which Lieutenant Commander Johnson was an observer developed mechanical trouble and was forced to turn back alone, presenting a favourable target to the enemy fighters, [and] he evidenced marked coolness in spite of the hazards involved.”

Coolness was a thing even in WW2
 

Pags

Pope of Chili Town
pilot
I think in the build up to and during WWII the USN and USA did a better job in bringing experienced civilians in to mid grade positions.

I remember hearing a story about someone's grandfather who had run a bakery/restaurant prior to the war and after he enlisted/was drafted he was promoted to Chief based on his civilian experience and maturity.
 
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