Moorer, Thomas H.


1974 TLS by the WW II naval aviator, only person to Serve as CINCLANT & CINCPAC, CNO, Joint Chiefs Chairman during the Vietnam War


Autograph ID: 6752
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1912-2004) USNA 1933, Navy admiral and naval aviator, Chief of Naval Operations 1967–70, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1970–74. After completing Naval Aviation training in 1936, flew with fighter squadrons off the aircraft carriers Langley, Lexington and Enterprise. He also qualified in seaplanes and flew with a patrol squadron in the early years of WW II. Serving with Patrol Squadron 22 at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, his squadron subsequently participated in the 1941-42 Dutch East Indies Campaign, flying numerous missions. He received a Purple Heart after being shot down and wounded off the coast of Australia in Feb. 1942, then surviving an attack on the rescue ship, sunk by enemy action the same day. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor 3 months later when he braved Japanese air superiority to fly supplies into, and evacuate wounded out of, the island of Timor. VADM 1962, ADM 1964, Moorer was Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet and Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, 1st Navy officer to have commanded both fleets. He was the Chief of Naval Operations 1967-70 at the height of US involvement in Vietnam and was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1970-74. In 1972, Moorer received the Gray Eagle Award, as the most senior active naval aviator, and held it until his retirement in 1974.

TLS “Tom Moorer” on 8 ½ x 7 4-star Navy flag letterhead as Admiral, USN (Ret.), no place, November 15 1974, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, Army War College. Moorer offers to participate in an AWC Command Discussion program in December.

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. He retired in 1980.”
Type: Letter

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