Collins, Michael

1979 TLS to the head of the Army War College by the Apollo 11 command module pilot while Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

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(b. 1930) Nephew of WW II General Lawton Collins. NASA astronaut (3rd group, 1963), on 1966 Gemini X (with John Young) mission, command module pilot on 1969 Apollo 11, 1st lunar landing mission. Major General USAF (Ret.). After retiring from NASA in 1970 he was Asst. Secretary of State for Public Affairs and in 1971 became director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum until 1978 when he stepped down to become Under Secretary of Smithsonian. In 1980 he became VP of LTV Aerospace, resigning in 1985 to start his own business. TLS “MCollins” as Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on 9 x 7 official letterhead, Washington, March 21 1979, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penna. Collins thanks General Smith for his invitation to participate in a National Security Seminar in early June, regrets his calendar will not permit him to be away at that time, thanks him for his thoughtfulness in inviting him. Written before the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer for 38 years, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, two-time (and longest-serving) commandant of the Army War College 1974-77 & 1978-80. He was one of 49 generals and admirals who signed a public letter to President Bush in March 2004 urging him to postpone operational deployment of a ground-based strategic mid-course ballistic missile defense system. He signed petitions against the use of land mines and publicly raised concerns about the conduct of the war in Iraq. He attended Oberlin College but, alarmed by Hitler's rise in Europe, joined the Canadian army before US entry in WW II, enlisting under an assumed name; his father discovered what he had done and had him discharged. In 1942, he joined the US Army and was sent to NCO school, then Officer Candidate School. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, he went overseas with the 4th Armored Division, serving in combat after Normandy until the end of the War. General Smith was wounded 3 times in action and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he graduated from the University of Maryland, returning to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served in staff positions at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the First Infantry Division in Vietnam and came under fire in the Dominican Republic while on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in the mid-1960s. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson in Colorado was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. Gen. Smith established a Racial Harmony Council, because of several racial incidents at or near the base. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

Condition: Very good, docketing in unknown hand at top right
Type:Letter






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