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BRIGADIER GENERAL KENNETH C. ROYALL - TYPED NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 71355

KENNETH C. ROYALL The last US Secretary of War and 1st Secretary of the Army signs this typed note in black ink Typed Note Signed: “Kenneth C. Royall” in black ink. 5x3. In full:I am happy to add my autograph to your collection.

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KENNETH C. ROYALL
The last US Secretary of War and 1st Secretary of the Army signs this typed note in black ink
Typed Note Signed: “Kenneth C. Royall” in black ink. 5x3. In full:I am happy to add my autograph to your collection. Kenneth C. Royall {typed}. Kenneth C. Royall”. Kenneth Claiborne Royall (1894-1971) was the last US Secretary of War (1947) and the first Secretary of the Army (1947-1949), after the War and Navy Departments were combined in the Department of Defense. In 1942, as an army general assigned to defend 8 Nazi saboteurs captured on Long Island, Royall challenged the constitutionality President Roosevelt's plan to try the Nazi agents in a secret military court. He case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, which upheld the President's right to convene a secret military tribunal in wartime. Royall, however, considered his stand on this issue the most important of his career. He was dismissed by President Truman in 1949 for taking a stand on a different issue. He had refused to comply with the President's order to desegregate the US Army. From the collection of Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009) a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. Ward went on to become President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. Lightly toned and soiled. Small hole and stain at center. Otherwise, fine condition.





 

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