Typed Letter, signed, to Peter Eisner, President of Junior Philatelic Americans, in response to a query about military heroes. Lucius D. Clay, General.

Clay on Military Heroes

Typed Letter, signed, to Peter Eisner, President of Junior Philatelic Americans, in response to a query about military heroes.

N.p: Jan. 10, 1963.

One page, on personal letterhead. 4to. Clay on Military Heroes. In red cloth chemise. Item #248511

“I wish that I could single out a single military hero. For dash and brilliance in battle, I would select ‘Jeb’ Stuart and George Patton; for brilliant strategy, it would be Napoleon and Hannibal. However, for sheer character and selflessness in leadership, it would be George Washington, George Marshall, and Ike Eisenhower is as far as our country is concerned. Perhaps, the greatest Roman of them all was Scipio Africanus.”

Clay (1898-19780 himself was deputy to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1945; deputy military governor, Germany (U.S.) 1946; and commander in chief, U.S. Forces in Europe and military governor of the U.S. Zone, in Germany, 1947–49. Clay is considered the “father” of the Berlin Airlift (1948–1949).

“Clay was an outstanding engineer, administrator, businessman, diplomat, and army leader who, according to former secretary of state Byrnes, ‘could run either General Motors or General Eisenhower's armies.’ According to the Washington Post, ‘Lucius D. Clay played a pivotal role in three epochal events of the twentieth century: the rescue of America from Depression, the mobilization for World War II, and--his crowning achievement--the rehabilitation of West Germany.’ His sixty years of dedicated and selfless public service left an indelible mark on post-World War II America as well as on America's European allies.” (ANB).

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