Eisenhower, John S. D.

1975 TLS to the Army War College Commandant, OKs plans to publish a paper written by his father in 1928

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TLS on his 10 ½ x 7 ¼ personal Valley Forge, Penna. letterhead, March 25 1975, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College. Eisenhower appreciates Smith’s letter and “consulting me on your plans to publish my dad’s paper” , acknowledging the AWC’s “legal right to do so without extending such courtesy.” He is delighted to concur in its publication, is “highly complimented that you chose Dad’s paper as the initial one in the series.” In Parameters, The Journal of the US Army War College, Vol. 5, No. 1. 1975, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling’s article, “Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Army War College, 1927-1928” wrote this editorial note: “Little is known of Major Dwight D. Eisenhower's year at the Army War College. But, like every student officer he had to write a research paper, then termed a "Staff Memorandum ". He apparently believed that the question of reserves was central to manpower procurement for the Army, for he chose as his topic, "An Enlisted Reserve for the Regular Army ". This article reflects how Major Eisenhower…treated a prosaic subject that is still relevant today when isolationist sentiment, reserves, dollar constraints, and manpower procurement continue to be controversial issues.” With envelope. DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the US Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. He was wounded 3 times and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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