GENERAL LEWIS B. "OLDEST SOLDIER" HERSHEY - TYPED MANUSCRIPT SIGNED - HFSID 156786
LEWIS B. HERSHEY Typed manuscript about "the greatest frontier of our ignorance", signed by Director of Selective Service Lewis B. Hershey Typed manuscript signed "Lewis B. Hershey". 1 page, 5¼x3½. Typed on a fabric-textured card.
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LEWIS B. HERSHEY
Typed manuscript about "the greatest frontier of our ignorance", signed by Director of Selective Service Lewis B. Hershey
Typed manuscript signed "Lewis B. Hershey". 1 page, 5¼x3½. Typed on a fabric-textured card. In full: "I believe that the greatest frontier of our ignorance lies in the relationship of man to man. I do not dis-count the marvelous development in the world of things, nor do I devaluate the contribution of those who made these developments possible. Yet all these are but means, and unless we can learn to shape and to control them to ends that are constructive for the inhabitants of this earth, material miracles become not only futile but worse; worse, because they provide more means of destruction. I believe the frontier of human relationship can be extended. It will not be easy to do. Man must learn more about himself than he already knows. He must turn his eyes and interest inward." Hershey (1893-1977, born in Steuben City, Indiana) saw brief service in France, with the rank of Captain, in World War I. In October of 1940, Brigadier General Hershey was assigned to the staff of the newly created Selective Service System (Sept. 16, 1940) and in December was named Deputy Director. In July of 1941, he became Director of Selective Service, a post he held until February of 1970, except for the time between his retirement in December of 1946, and his recall in January of 1947, and the few months between the expiration of the 1940 law in March of 1947, and the enactment of the peacetime draft a few months later. When Hershey retired in March of 1973, at the age of 79, he was the oldest man on active status. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Adhesive residue on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition.
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