Vance, Cyrus

1977 TLS as Secretary of State to the Army War College Commandant, thanks him for a copy of his letter to President Carter, hopes to see him in Washington

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(1917-2002) Secretary of State 1977-80 (Carter). General Counsel for Department of Defense 1960, Secretary of the Army 1962, Deputy Defense Secretary 1963-67. In May 1968 Johnson chose Vance as deputy chief delegate to the Vietnam peace talks in Paris under Averell Harriman. As Secretary of State, Vance continued policy of détente with USSR, worked to procure 1979 SALT II arms control treaty, played crucial role in 1978 Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel. He resigned from the Cabinet in opposition to Carter's 1980 abortive mission to secure the release of captive US diplomats in Iran. TLS “Cy” as Secretary on 9 x 7 official letterhead with embossed Department seal at top left, Washington, April 11 1977, to “DeWitt” (Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, Army War College). Secretary Vance thanks Smith for sending him a copy of Smith’s letter to President Carter, which Vance will back up with the President. Vance and his wife look forward to seeing Smith and his wife in Washington. 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 Army, commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. Wounded 3 times, he was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged 1946, he returned to active duty in Korea and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion XO and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He led a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry 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, trivial rust clip remnants top left
Type:Letter






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