Goldwater, Barry

1980 TLS to the US Army War College commandant appreciating his graduation address

Price: $115.00

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(1909-1988) "Mr. Conservative", Arizona US Senator 1953–1965 & 1969–1987, 1964 GOP presidential nominee, lost to President Lyndon Johnson handily. Major General in the US Air Force Reserve. He is often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s and had a substantial impact on the libertarian movement. Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969 and specialized in defense policy. In 1974, as an elder statesman of the party, Goldwater successfully urged President Nixon to resign when evidence of a cover-up in the Watergate scandal became overwhelming and impeachment was imminent. In the 1980s, Goldwater became a vocal opponent of the Christian right and its influence on the Republican Party on issues such as abortion, gay rights, and the role of religion in public life. TLS on his 11 x 8 ˝ US Senate letterhead, Washington, July 7 1980, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College. Senator Goldwater appreciates Smith’s in sending a copy of Smith’s address to the AWC’s graduation exercises, praising it as a fine speech: “What you said needed to be said and it was well said.” 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.

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Type:Letter






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