Taylor, Maxwell D.
1957 TLS as Army Chief of Staff saluting his outgoing Aide-de-Camp
Autograph ID: 6771
Condition: Very Good, some binder knocks at sides
Description: “(1901-1988) US Army officer, led 82nd Airborne in North Africa, Sicily & Italy invasions. Commanded 82nd Airborne March 1944-August 1945 thru Normandy, Holland and into Germany. Commander of US forces in Berlin 1949–51, led 8th Army 1953 in final operations of Korean War, commanded US Forces Far East & 8th Army 1954–55, led UN Command 1955. As Army Chief of Staff 1955–59, directed operations at Little Rock, Lebanon, Taiwan, & Berlin. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 1962–64, Ambassador to South Vietnam 1964–65. Special Consultant to the President and Chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board 1965–69, President of the Institute for Defense Analyses 1966–69.
TLS on 10 1/2 x 8 letterhead as Army Chief of Staff, Washington, December 16 1957, to Major DeWitt C. Smith, Jr. General Taylor expresses his “sincere appreciation for the exemplary manner” in which Smith served Taylor as aide-de-camp May 16, 1956-December 6, 1957. Taylor praises Smith’s talents, initiative, resourcefulness and energy which significantly contributed to the effective operation of the office, sends best wishes on his new assignment.
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.”