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ADMIRAL CASPAR JOHN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/14/1968 - HFSID 191778

The British First Sea Lord briefly discusses American Presidents Truman and Kennedy, writing of their accomplishments during their tenures, and then explaining why he chose to enroll in the Royal Navy. Extremely rare!

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ADMIRAL CASPAR JOHN
The British First Sea Lord briefly discusses American Presidents Truman and Kennedy, writing of their accomplishments during their tenures, and then explaining why he chose to enroll in the Royal Navy. Extremely rare!
Autograph letter signed: "Caspar John", 2p, front and verso, 7x9. Barnes, England, 1968 November 14. To Mr. Buchanan. In part: "President Truman has contributed the most to 'A World of Peace' in the last 20 years - or just over 20 years. If my answer must be confined to within precisely 20 years, I would select President Kennedy. My reasons, By ordering the dropping of the two atomic weapons on Japan Truman demonstrated in a practical-though horrible-manner, the staggering implications of these forms of explosion, and gave the initiative to the now acceptable policy of nuclear deterrence. By confronting Russia, over the Cuban missile sites, with the real possibility of world conflict, President Kennedy gave teeth to the policy of deterrence and taught Russia the dangers of playing with fire-of that kind...." John then goes on to explain why he chose his career in the Navy. Caspar John (1903-1984) was the British First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in the early 1960's. Stemming from an undisciplined childhood, John was eventually enrolled in a preparatory school, winning the prize for "best gentleman" after improving his demeanor dramatically. He then enrolled in the Royal Navy College at the age of 13, graduating in 1920. After graduation, John served on several ships, including the HMS Centurion, HMS Iron Duke, and the HMS Spear. He then found an interest in naval aviation, and trained as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. In 1933, John was promoted to lieutenant commander, followed by a promotion to commander three years later. During World War II, he was promoted to captain, and became Director-General of Naval Aircraft Production at the Ministry of Aircraft Production. After the war had ended, John served in several administrative capacities, being promoted to admiral in 1957 and becoming both First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in May 1960. In 1963, John retired from military service, leaving a full admiral and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. Corners lightly worn and creased, esp. bottom right corner. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned. Slight surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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