Resor, Stanley R.
1971 TLS as Army Secretary (1965-71) to the future Commandant of the Army War College, thanking him for his letter saluting Resor on his departure from the Army
Autograph ID: 6765
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1917-2012) Lawyer, military officer, government official. His father was president of the J. W. Thompson advertising agency and one of the originators of the modern advertising industry. Yale ’39, was at Yale Law with Sargent Shriver, Gerald Ford and Cyrus Vance (who preceded him as Secretary of the Army). Resor’s education was interrupted by Army service in WW II (1942–46), earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war he worked on Wall Street and made a partner at the Debevoise & Plimpton law firm. In 1965, during the Vietnam War, President Johnson appointed Resor, a Republican, as Secretary of the Army, remaining in the position under President Nixon to 1971. In 1984, he was awarded West Point’s Sylvanus Thayer Award. During the 1970s he was US Ambassador to the MBFR (Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction) talks in Vienna between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. He grew critical of US policy regarding nuclear weapons, and was a member of, and spokesperson for, the Arms Control Association of America in 1997 when it protested NATO expansion into East Europe based on concerns about Russian reaction to perceived NATO encroachment. He returned to Debevoise & Plimpton, retiring in 1991. At his 1942 wedding, John F. Kennedy and Cyrus Vance were both guests. Throughout his life he was a strong supporter of education and the rule of law, particularly for protecting rights of women, children, and minorities, preventing international conflict, and protecting the environment.
TLS on 10 ½ x 8 letterhead as Secretary of the Army, Washington, June 29 1971, to Brig. Genl. DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Virginia. Resor thanks “DeWitt” for his “thoughtful and generous letter” on Resor’s departure from the Army. He remembers well “the weeks I spent outside Cy’s [Cyrus Vance, then Deputy Secretary of Defense 1964-67] office waiting to go to work” and Smith’s reacquainting Resor with the Army. He hopes Smith will stay on “as the Army greatly needs general officers with your ability and outlook” but if he should leave, to please let Resor know if he can be of help. With envelope.
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.”