Lemnitzer, Louis L.

1959 TIME cover portrait signed in 1964 as General and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR)

Price: $30.00

Description:
(1899-1988) US Army General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1960-62, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO 1963-69. USMA 1920, staff officer, promoted to Brigadier General June 1942. As Eisenhower's Deputy Chief of Staff in London, helped plan invasions of North Africa and Sicily. Promoted to Major General Nov. 1944, Deputy to Field Marshal Alexander in Mediterranean Theater, one of the senior officers sent to negotiate surrender of Italian Fascists and Germany's surrender. After WW II, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Survey Committee, later named National War College Deputy Commandant. In 1950, at age 51, he took parachute training and was given command of the 11th Airborne Div., then assigned to Korea in command of the 7th Infantry Div. Nov. 1951, promoted to Lieut. General Aug. 1952. In March 1955, he was promoted to General and named commander of US Army forces in the Far East and of the Eighth Army. He was named Army Chief of Staff July 1957 and appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sept. 1960. As Chairman, he weathered the Bay of Pigs crisis and early years of US involvement in Vietnam. He approved "Operation Northwoods" in 1962, a plan to discredit the Castro regime and create support for military action against Cuba by developing "a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington". Lemnitzer presented the plan to Secretary of Defense McNamara March 13, 1962 and 3 days later President Kennedy told him that there was no chance the US would take military action against Cuba. A few months after the denial of "Operation Northwoods", Lemnitzer was denied another term as JCS Chairman. In Nov. 1962, he was appointed Commander of US Forces in Europe, and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Jan. 1963-July 1969, covering the 1963-64 Cyprus crisis and the 1966 withdrawal of NATO forces from France. He retired July 1969. In 1975, President Ford appointed him to the Commission on CIA Activities within the United States (a/k/a the Rockefeller Commission) to investigate whether the CIA had committed acts that violated US laws and allegations that E. Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis of Watergate infamy were involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. Color portrait (by Boris Chaliapin) in uniform as Major General trimmed from the May 11, 1959 TIME magazine cover, mounted on a 11 x 7 3/4 card with red and blue stripe borders, inscribed with sentiment at lower border as General US Army and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Paris, France, January 20 1964. place, date, rank and command.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed TIME Portrait






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