ADMIRAL ARLEIGH A. BURKE - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 04/30/1982 - HFSID 225097
ARLEIGH BURKE Handwritten quotation from President Lincoln, a very fitting one for Burke Autograph Quotation signed: "Arleigh Burke/Admiral, United States Navy (Ret)", 1p, 6x9. Bethesda, MD, 1982 April 30. To Miss Williams.
Sale Price $234.00
Handwritten quotation from President Lincoln, a very fitting one for Burke
Autograph Quotation signed: "Arleigh Burke/Admiral, United States Navy (Ret)", 1p, 6x9. Bethesda, MD, 1982 April 30. To Miss Williams. In full: "President Lincoln said 'I do the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said about me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then angels swearing I was right would make no difference.'" Arleigh Burke (1901-1996) led the "Little Beavers" destroyer squadron in World War II, fighting 22 combat engagements in four months in the Pacific. The squadron's high-speed dashes earned him the nickname "31 Knot Burke". He was part of the "Revolt of the Admirals" in the late 1940s, an ultimately successful attempt by the Navy to prevent many of its functions being transferred to the newly created Air Force, but was saved from dismissal by President Truman's intervention. Burke commanded Cruiser Division Five during the Korean War, and participated in the armistice negotiations. He served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1955-1961, longer than any predecessor. The Navy's current class of guided missile destroyers is named for him. Creased. Slightly soiled. Erased notes (unknown hand) at upper margin. Irregular left edge. Lightly smudged "A".
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