Dawkins, Pete (ON HOLD)


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


Autograph ID: 7078
Condition: Very good, staple holes and paper clip remnant at top
Description: “(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, and ran for the US Senate in New Jersey as a Republican in 1988, losing to Frank Lautenberg.

TNS “Pete Dawkins” as Lieut. Colonel US Army (while Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense), (Washington), December 19 1975. Dawkins writes a memorandum to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Army War College Commandant, sending a copy of an article “Freedom to Fail” he wrote 10 years before which he feels General Smith might enjoy. Dawkins adds: “It’s modestly frustrating to admit that ten years and a major war [Vietnam] later, the symptoms persist.” He closes with holiday greeting to Smith and his family. With copy of the Marshall Award-winning article by then Captain Dawkins.

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.”
Type: Typed Note Signed

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