GENERAL ALBERT COADY WEDEMEYER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/22/1983 - HFSID 158407
The general signed this typed this letter on his personalized stationery in 1983. The recipient asked his opinion on the Vietnam War, and he has replied: "To have a military man tell them it was in vain and unnecessary, or that we bungled would be a horrible thing."
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ALBERT COADY WEDEMEYER The general signed this typed this letter on his personalized stationery in 1983. The recipient asked his opinion on the Vietnam War, and he has replied: "To have a military man tell them it was in vain and unnecessary, or that we bungled would be a horrible thing." Typed Letter signed: "A.C. Wedemeyer". 1 page, 8½x11. June 22, 1983. Addressed to Mrs. Doris Day Allen, Bridgton, Maine. In full: "Dear Mrs. Allen: I have neither the capability nor the intention of troubling you with considerable correspondence, but your fine letter certainly entitles you to answers to the two or three questions which you posed. I appreciate the fact that you are a sensitive as well as a sensible person and consequently will understand my reluctance to comment upon battles and wars once responsible officials of the government have made decisions to participate. Many of my friends lost husbands, sweethearts, brothers and children in the Vietnam struggle. To have a military man tell them it was in vain and unnecessary, or that we bungled would be a horrible thing. They have already been deeply hurt and deprived. Personally I will continue to do all in my power to convince fellow Americans, especially those in the government, that we should employ non-military means to accomplish our purposes, our aims, and our objectives in the international arena. The military should be a means of last resort. I believe that political, economic and psychological forces should be used in an intelligent and timely manner. You will find this subject developed somewhat in my book, which was written twenty-five years ago. Sincere good wishes to you and your loved ones for health and happiness. Ever faithfully, A. C. WEDEMEYER General, U. S. Army (Ret.)". General Albert Coady Wedemeyer (1897-1989, born in Omaha, Nebraska), appointed U.S. Deputy Chief of Staff under Lord Mountbatten at his Southeast Asia Command, planned the invasion of Japanese-held bases. In October 1944, he became Commander of the China Theatre and Chiang kai-Shek's Chief of Staff. Wedemeyer's task was to attempt to establish some cooperation between Chiang and the Communists and to ensure that U.S. aid was correctly used. Lightly toned and creased. Random ink stains. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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