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KAY SUMMERSBY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/09/1945 - HFSID 258369

KAY SUMMERSBY TLS: "Kay Summersby", 1p, 6x8. Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, Office of the Supreme Commander, 1945 9 April. To Mr. Herbert Dessert, Fall River, Mass. In full: "I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your letter.

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KAY SUMMERSBY TLS: "Kay Summersby", 1p, 6x8. Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, Office of the Supreme Commander, 1945 9 April. To Mr. Herbert Dessert, Fall River, Mass. In full: "I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your letter. When Germany surrenders to the Allies, I suggest you renew your request and I know General Eisenhower will be glad to autograph your envelope." Paper clip impression in upper left blank corner, lightly soiled in blank right margin, else fine. With original typed envelope, postmarked U.S. Army Postal Service, A.P.O. Summersby has penned "Free" in upper right corner. Signature of censor in bottom left corner. The recipient did not have to wait long before "Ike" would be free to autograph his envelope: Germany surrendered in May 1945. Irish-born Kay Summersby first met General Eisenhower when he was wearing just two stars. After serving as his driver in England, she later joined his staff and accompanied him to North Africa, where he planned the D-Day assault. Rumors later flew about their relationship, which was obviously close, and even Mamie was distressed by photographs of the two together. If Eisenhower indeed had plans to divorce his wife to marry Summersby, he put his sense of duty ahead of his heart. He wrote to Mamie almost twice weekly, sending 319 letters in three years, curtailed his relationship with Summersby upon returning to the U.S. and refused to confirm rumors of an affair. Summersby, who died in 1975, detailed her side of the story in Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower (1976). Two items.

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