A letter and photo sent in response to a boy's request for an autograph. Richard Clare Partridge, was a major general, who served as chief of staff of the VII Army Corps in World War II. General Partridge, a native of Boston, received the Distinguished Service Medal in 1945 for “exceptionally meritorious” service as chief of staff from August 1944 to May 1945. The VII Corps, an element of the First Army, participated in the breakthrough near Marigny, the fighting east of Aachen, the First Army's counterattack against the northern flank of the Ardennes salient, the drive to Cologne and the expansion of the Remagen bridgehead on the Rhine. He was promoted to major general in 1952 after serving as deputy director and then Chief of Intelligence. His career included service in Germany and Thailand, before his retirement in 1959. Residue on front and back of letter and on back of photograph from tape used in mounting.