Wright, Adm. Jerauld

NATO Atlantic Commander invites Ambassador Grew to North Atlantic Council luncheon

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(1899-1995) USNA ’17, youngest person to graduate from the Naval Academy. In WW I served on a gunboat in the Mediterranean. Between wars served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Asiatic fleets and was Naval Aide to Presidents Coolidge 1924-26 and Hoover 1929-31. During World War II was Captain of battleship “Mississippi” then was called to Washington to work on amphibious and joint operations plans before going to London to work on plans for No. African landings. In late 1942, he went with Gen. Mark Clark by submarine to Algeria for secret meetings with French officials in unsuccessful attempt to get French welcome for Anglo-American forces that would hit the beaches in Operation Torch. Later commanded the operation and accompanied the submarine that evacuated French Gen. Giraud and staff from So. France. After participating in No. African landings, he helped plan and execute amphibious landings in Tunisia, Sicily and Salerno. In Dec. 1943, he went to the Pacific to commanded light cruiser “Santa Fe” with fast carriers of the 3rd and 5th Fleets, and later led an amphibious group and a carrier division. Participated in Kwajalein, Saipan and Okinawa operations and in battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf. Commanded US Naval Forces in E. Atlantic & Mediterranean 1952-54. US Atlantic Fleet and NATO Atlantic Supreme Commander 1954-60, retired as Admiral 1960. Later served on CIA Board of Estimates, Ambassador to Taiwan 1963-65. 10 x 7 TLS as Admiral, USN, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (NATO SACLANT), Norfolk, Virginia, May 9 1955, to Hon. Joseph C. Grew. Adm. Wright invites Amb. Grew to a small Washington luncheon for members of the North Atlantic Council, hopes he can accept. Joseph C. Grew (1880-1965) entered diplomatic service in 1904, Ambassador to Japan 1932 until after attack on Pearl Harbor. Special Assistant to Secretary of State Cordell Hull 1942–44, again Under Secretary of State 1944–45. Acting Sec. of State for most of late Jan. 1945-early Aug. 1945. He wrote "Report from Tokyo" 1942, "Ten Years in Japan 1944", and other works.

Condition: Very good, few pencil notations in Grew's hand
Type:Letter






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