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ADMIRAL WILLIAM F. "BULL" HALSEY JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/25/1954 - HFSID 274220

THE RETIRED FIVE-STAR ADMIRAL INVITES ACTOR ROBERT MONTGOMERY TO SERVE ON AN A COMMITTEE FOR THE 1954 MENTAL HEALTH FUND CAMPAIGN, OF WHICH HALSEY IS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN   WILLIAM F. HALSEY.

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THE RETIRED FIVE-STAR ADMIRAL INVITES ACTOR ROBERT MONTGOMERY TO SERVE ON AN A COMMITTEE FOR THE 1954 MENTAL HEALTH FUND CAMPAIGN, OF WHICH HALSEY IS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN
 
WILLIAM F. HALSEY.
TLS: "Bill" as National Campaign Chairman for the 1954 Mental Health Fund, 2p, 7¼x10½, separate sheets. New York, New York, 1954 March 25. On letterhead of Fleet Admiral W.F. Halsey, U.S.N. (Retired), National Campaign Chairman, 1954 Mental Health Fund to Mr. Robert Montgomery, National Broadcasting Company, New York, New York. Begins: "Dear Bob". In full: "I have just taken on a new and challenging responsibility - the National Chairmanship of the 1954 Mental Health Fund Campaign, which will commence this May 1st. I hope I can count on you to help me. First, a word about mental illness. According to the government health agencies and the medical profession, mental illness is the nation's number one health problem. Dr. Ed. J. McCormick, President of the American Medical Association, said in a recent statement: 'The staggering problem of mental illness which now affects directly more than nine million persons and indirectly, through their families, many millions more, is unquestionably one of the nation's greatest challenges to medicine and society that we face today.' It is a painful fact that while mental illness affects more people than any physical illness and accounts for more patients in hospitals than all other diseases put together, little has been done to combat it. I think it is time we did more about it, and I think, also, that it is time for people who have given leadership in other vital causes to now give leadership to this, the most important of all the health issues. As National Chairman of the Mental Health Fund Campaign it is my responsibility not only to help organize the campaign, but to enlist large contributions from national business organizations throughout the country. Obviously I cannot do this alone, but I do have many good friends on whom I am calling to help me with this task. I would like you to serve as a member of the National Mental Health Fund Committee and, in this capacity, to give endorsement to the campaign. I will not ask you to take on any time-consuming responsibilities. It would be a great personal favor to me and a service to the people of our country if you would accept membership on this committee and so advise me at your earliest opportunity. Very sincerely". Typed Postscript: "P.S. I am enclosing a leaflet which describes the problem and outlines the work of the National Association for Mental Health, which is sponsoring the Mental Health Fund drive." Enclosure not present. We have found reference to a letter that Halsey wrote to "The Washington Post" on the success of this campaign. WILLIAM F. "BULL" HALSEY (1882-1959) was Commander of the Allied naval forces in the South Pacific from 1942-1944. After defeating the Japanese in a battle off the Solomon Islands (November 12-15, 1942), he was promoted to Four-Star Admiral. Halsey later commanded the U.S. Third Fleet (1944-1945). The formal surrender of Japan took place aboard his flagship, Missouri, in Tokyo Bay. For the ceremony, the Missouri became the flagship for Admiral Nimitz and Halsey moved to the Iowa. In December 1945, Halsey was promoted to the rank of Five-Star Fleet Admiral, one of only five men to hold the rank. After retiring from the Navy in 1947, Halsey became Chairman of the Board of the All-American Cable and Radio Corp., an affiliate of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. (1949). He later became a Director of ITT and President of the International Telecommunications Laboratories. In 1949, Hollywood actor ROBERT MONTGOMERY (1904-1981) was approached by the National Broadcasting Company to produce a TV series for the network. Montgomery and his family relocated to New York City, where he produced, hosted and sometimes starred in Robert Montgomery Presents, which aired from 1950-1957 and won an Emmy Award. The supervisor of the show, Montgomery chose scripts and actors, launching the careers of a number of actors, including his daughter, Elizabeth Montgomery. Montgomery had previously been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor for Night Must Fall (1938) and Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1942), and he would win the Tony Award for Best Director for The Desperate Hours in 1955, the year after this letter. Worthy of further research. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Three light paper clip impressions at upper margins, one touches Halsey's imprinted flag. Fine condition.

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