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Title Letter to Frederick M. Stieber regarding senatorial investigation of the general court-martial of former USMC Captain Edmund G. Chamberlain
Collection Frederick M. Stieber Collection
Object Name Correspondence
Caption Letter regarding investigation of Edmund Chamberlain (1 of 5)
Scope & Content Letter to Frederick M. Stieber from a Marine Corps Judge Advocate General concerning a senatorial investigation of the general court-martial of former Captain Edmund G. Chamberlain. The letter was sent because there was a bill before the Senate Naval Affairs Committee to reinstate him in the Marine Corps.

Capt. Chamberlain was dismissed from the USMC for falsely claiming exploits with the RAF in July 1918 that resulted in recommendations for the Victoria Cross and Medal of Honor. Allegedly, Chamberlain had visited a British aerodrome in Toquin France on July 26, 1918, and was later given permission by a British officer to accompany their squadron on combat missions. Capt. Chamberlain allegedly participated in several combat missions on July 27 and 28, 1918, during which he claimed to have shot down several enemy aircraft, was forced to land between German lines, captured a German prisoner with the compass from his aircraft, and rescued a wounded French colonial soldier before going to Paris the next day.

The letter asks Mr. Stieber to answer 27 questions concerning his knowledge of the alleged incidents and confirming or disproving Chamberlain's story. The questions included whether Mr. Stieber knew Chamberlain, the squadron's practices regarding assignment of aircraft, whether a visitor would be allowed to fly one of the squadron's planes over enemy lines and whether Stieber had heard of Chamberlain's alleged exploits.

When when Chamberlain had been court-martialed in London in 1919, he was found guilty of "falsehood" and "scandalous conduct tending to the destruction of good morals", and was dismissed from the USMC. Despite years of appeals and the senatorial investigation, Chamberlain's sentence held.
Accession# 2016.5073
Subjects Stieber, Frederick M., 1894-1974.
Chamberlain, Edmund G.
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British.
World War I--Aerial Combat
U.S. Marine Corps
Object ID 2016.5073.14
Creator Navy Department
Other Creators Office of the Judge Advocate General
Date 04/28/1922
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