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Alfred M. Gruenther

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“You are much too kind to me, but I must confess that I like it."

Alfred Maximilian Gruenther, 18991983.  U.S. Army General; NATO Supreme Commander; President, American National Red Cross.  Typed Letter Signed, one page, 8½" x 11", on stationery of the American National Red Cross, Washington, D.C., February 4, 1957.

Gruenther, a Nebraska native, responds to a letter from Arthur Clarendon Smith, the president of the Washington, D.C., Democratic Club.  “How very considerate of you to write me such a generous letter.  You are much too kind to me, but I must confess that I like it.  /  It is interesting that you should refer to Senator Hitchcock and Senator Norris from Nebraska.  They were both dedicated citizens."

During World War II, Gruenther, a brilliant staff officer, was chief of staff of the 3rd Army (19411942) before he became deputy chief of staff to General Dwight D. Eisenhower in London (1942–1943), chief of staff of the 5th Army in Italy (1943–1944), and chief of staff of the 15th Army Group under General Mark W. Clark (1944–1945).  He served as chief of staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (19501953) before becoming NATO Supreme Commander (1953–1956).  He retired from the Army in 1956, and in 1957 he became president of the American National Red Cross, a post he held until 1964.  He also served on various governmental advisory commissions.

The letter has normal mailing folds and tape stains across the corners from prior mounting.  Overall it is in fine condition.


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