GENERAL LYMAN L. LEMNITZER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/22/1960 - HFSID 158404
Sale Price $270.00
GENERAL LYMAN L. LEMNITZER
General Lyman L. Lemnitzer signed this letter of thanks to a newspaper editor in 1960 for a favorable editorial of his appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Lyman was Assistant Chief of Staff of the Allied Forces Headquarters under Eisenhower during World War II.
Typed letter signed "L.L. Lemnitzer" as Army Chief of Staff in blue ink. Lead pencil notations in top corners and on verso, both in unknown hand. 1 page, 7x10¼. Sept. 22, 1960. Addressed to John J. McSweeney, Editor, Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In full: "I want to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to you and to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader for your editorial in the 16 August edition entitled, 'In Top Military Post.' I am most grateful for the very kind and generous comments contained in the editorial and particularly the expression of approval and confidence in my appointment. With regard and best wishes, Sincerely". Lightly creased. Paper clip impression at upper blank area. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned envelope on stationery of the Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army. 7¼x3¾. Postmarked Washington, D. C., Sept. 23, 1960. Addressed to John J. McSweeney, Editor, Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. One 4-cent purple-and-white Abraham Lincoln stamp affixed. Normal postal stamps. Envelope is sealed and empty. Lightly soiled and creased. Paper clip impression in top left corner. Otherwise in fine condition. Lemnitzer, Army Chief of Staff (1959-1960), had just been appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Eisenhower when he signed this letter. He served in this post until 1963. In June of1942, Lemnitzer (1899-1988) was promoted to Brigadier General in command of the 34th Anti-Aircraft Brigade and soon received appointment as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Allied Forces Headquarters under General Dwight D. Eisenhower in London. After aiding in the planning of the North African invasion, he resumed command of the 34th in February of 1943 and led it in the opening phases of General Patton's Sicilian Campaign. In late June 1943, he became Deputy Chief of Staff of the Allied 15th Army Group (U.S. 7th, British 8th) under General Sir Harold R.L.G. Alexander. He was promoted to Major General in November 1944. After the war, Lemnitzer was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1960-1963) and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (1963-1969).
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