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ADMIRAL ELMO R. ZUMWALT JR. - PHOTOGRAPH DOUBLE SIGNED - DOCUMENT 204033
 
ADMIRAL ELMO R. ZUMWALT, JR.
B/w double photo of Vietnam War Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. and his son, Elmo Zumwalt III, both in uniform and years later as civilians, signed twice by the elder Zumwalt in blue ink. Admiral Zumwalt ordered the spraying of Agent Orange in parts of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, exposing his son to the defoliant. Elmo Zumwalt III later died of cancer, possibly from exposure to Agent Orange.
Photograph signed "Elmo Zumwalt Jr" in blue ink twice. B/w, 10x8 overall, left image is 4¼x7¼, right image is 4¾x7¼, one surface. ELMO ZUMWALT III (1946-1988) was a lieutenant junior grade who commanded a Swift Boat in Vietnam's Ca Mau Peninsula (1969-1970). His father, then-Vice Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., Commander of U. S. Naval Forces in the Vietnam War - ordered the spraying of Agent Orange in certain parts of the country, exposing his son to the defoliant. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1983 and Hodgkin's disease in 1985. Agent Orange may have caused the cancer in the younger Zumwalt. But in 1986, he told The New York Times Magazine that ''I have the greatest love and admiration for Dad as a man, and the deepest respect for him as a military leader. I do not doubt for a minute that the saving of American lives was always his first priority. Certainly thousands, perhaps even myself, are alive today because of his decision to use Agent Orange.'' The two together wrote a 1986 book on their experiences in the Vietnam War, titled My Father, My Son. A Naval Academy graduate who saw action on destroyers in World War II, ELMO ZUMWALT, JR. (1920-2000) commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 7 from 1965 to 1966 in the Vietnam War. In 1968, he became Commander of U. S. naval forces in Vietnam and was promoted to Vice Admiral. Admiral Zumwalt served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1970 to 1974 - at 49, the youngest man ever appointed to that post. He introduced many reforms to modernize the fleet and to make naval service a more attractive career. Admiral Zumwalt, as the Vietnam naval commander, ordered the spraying of Agent Orange, a dioxin-laced defoliant, to protect his sailors. In 1988, Zumwalt's son Elmo Zumwalt III - who had been a Naval officer in the Mekong Delta and co-wrote My Father, My Son (1986), their memoir of experiences from that war - died of lymphoma believed to be linked to his exposure to the chemical. Admiral Zumwalt lobbied politicians to appropriate the funds necessary to help treat the thousands of Vietnam vets who were suffering from Agent Orange-related diseases. In 1996, President Clinton signed an order adding Agent Orange-related diseases to the eligibility list for medical benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Zumwalt received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Lightly creased and bowed, otherwise in fine condition.


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ADMIRAL ELMO R. ZUMWALT JR.
Born: November 29, 1920 in San Francisco, California
Died: January 2, 2000


Film Credits
1982 TV Eye (in person), 1979 The Late Great Planet Earth (in person)


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