Dawkins, Pete

1975 TLS by the famed West Point football halfback, 1958 All-American and Heisman Trophy winner, as Lt. Col. and Military Asst. to the Deputy Secetary of Defense

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(b. 1938) USMA 1958, business executive, star West Point football player, military officer, and political candidate. At West Point, he was Brigade Commander, president of his class, football team captain, and a "Star Man" in the top 5% of his class academically. He was the only USMA cadet ever to hold all 4 at once, featured in Life Magazine and Reader’s Digest. Playing halfback for Army head coach Red Blaik, he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and was a consensus All-American selection in 1958. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, he won 3 Blues in Rugby Union, credited with popularizing the overarm throw (originally called the "Yankee torpedo pass") into the lineout. He received a doctorate in 1977 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, his dissertation, “The United States Army and the ‘Other’ War in Vietnam: A Study of the Complexity of Implementing Organizational Change.” After Oxford, he finished Infantry and Ranger School then posted to the 82nd Airborne. He received 2 Bronze Stars for Valor in Vietnam and held commands in the 7th Infantry and 101st Airborne. He led a battalion in Korea 1971-72 as a Lt. Colonel. He was a White House Fellow 1973-74 and worked on a task force charged with changing the Army into an all-volunteer force. In the mid-70s, Col. Dawkins was brigade commander in the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, then a brigade commander in the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell. After being 101st Airborne Chief of Staff, he was promoted to Brigadier General. In 1966 he appeared in uniform on the cover of Life Magazine and was in a segment of the Army "Big Picture" film series, "A Nation Builds Under Fire," reviewing US progress in South Vietnam, narrated by John Wayne. Dawkins retired in 1983, worked on Wall Street, ran for the US Senate in New Jersey as a Republican in 1988, losing to Frank Lautenberg. TLS “Pete Dawkins” on 10 ˝ x 8 Office of the Secretary of Defense letterhead, Washington, June 5 1975, as LTC USA, Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Dawkins writes Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Army War College Commandant, sending (not present) an advance copy of an Education Committee memorandum in its final form, which he will be receiving thru official channels, however Deputy Defense Secretary Clements thought it would be useful if Smith had it right away. Should General Clements have any questions on the memorandum or the committee’s intent, Dawkins will attempt an explanation. DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920-1985) US Army officer, Deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College Commandant 1974-77, 1978-80. He joined the Army 1942, 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 1946, he returned to the Army for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an ADC to Chief of Staff Gen. 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 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, red ink docket at top right by Smith
Type:Letter






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