Walter Bedell Smith

General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff at Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) during the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943 during World War II. He was Eisenhower's chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) in the campaign in Western Europe from 1944 through 1945.

Smith enlisted as a private in the Indiana Army National Guard in 1911. In 1917, during World War I, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was wounded in the Aisne-Marne Offensive in 1918. After World War I, he was a staff officer and instructor at the U.S. Army Infantry School. In 1941, he became Secretary of the General Staff, and in 1942 he became the Secretary to the Combined Chiefs of Staff. His duties involved taking part in discussions of war plans at the highest level, and Smith often briefed President Franklin D. Roosevelt on strategic matters.

Smith became chief of staff to Eisenhower at AFHQ in September 1942. He acquired a reputation as Eisenhower's "hatchet man" for his brusque and demanding manner. However, he was also capable of representing Eisenhower in sensitive missions requiring diplomatic skill. Smith was involved in negotiating the armistice between Italy and the Allies, which he signed on behalf of Eisenhower. In 1944, he became the Chief of Staff of SHAEF, again under Eisenhower. In this position, Smith also negotiated successfully for food and fuel aid to be sent through German lines for the cold and starving Dutch civilian population, and opened discussions for the peaceful and complete German capitulation to the First Canadian Army in the Netherlands. In May 1945, Smith met representatives of the German High Command in Reims, France, to conduct the surrender of the German Armed Forces, and he signed the German Instrument of Surrender on behalf of General Eisenhower.

After World War II, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1946 to 1948. Then in 1950, Smith became the Director of Central Intelligence, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other intelligence agencies in the United States. Smith reorganized the CIA, redefined its structure and its mission, and he gave it a new sense of purpose. He made the CIA the arm of government primarily responsible for covert operations. He left the CIA in 1953 to become an Under Secretary of State. After retiring from the State Department in 1954, Smith continued to serve the Eisenhower Administration in various posts for several years, until his retirement and his death in 1961.

Walter Bedell Smith
Three quarter length portrait of seated man in uniform. He is bare headed and wearing his medal ribbons. He is wearing the SHAEF shoulder sleeve insignia.
United States Under Secretary of State
In office
9 February 1953 – 1 October 1954
PresidentDwight Eisenhower
Preceded byDavid K. E. Bruce
Succeeded byHerbert Hoover Jr.
Director of Central Intelligence
In office
7 October 1950 – 9 February 1953
PresidentHarry Truman
Dwight Eisenhower
DeputyWilliam H. Jackson
Allen Dulles
Preceded byRoscoe H. Hillenkoetter
Succeeded byAllen Dulles
United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
3 April 1946 – 25 December 1948
PresidentHarry Truman
Preceded byW. Averell Harriman
Succeeded byAlan G. Kirk
Personal details
BornOctober 5, 1895
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 9, 1961 (aged 65)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Spouse(s)Nory Cline (1917–1961)
EducationButler University
Walter Bedell Smith's signature
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1911–1953
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
UnitUSA - Army Infantry Insignia.png Infantry Branch
CommandsFirst Army
Battles/warsWorld War I
 • Aisne-Marne Offensive
World War II
 • Operation Torch
 • Tunisia Campaign
 • Operation Husky
 • Allied invasion of Italy
 • Operation Overlord
 • Siegfried Line Campaign
 • Battle of the Bulge
 • Western Allied invasion of Germany
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
National Security Medal
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Early life

Walter Bedell Smith was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 5 October 1895,[1] the elder of two sons of William Long Smith, a silk buyer for the Pettis Dry Goods Company, and his wife, Ida Francis née Bedell, who worked for the same company.[2]

Smith was called Bedell from his boyhood. From an early age he was nicknamed "Beetle", or occasionally "Beedle" or "Boodle".[3] He was educated at St. Peter and Paul School, public schools #10 and #29, Oliver Perry Morton School,[4] and Emmerich Manual High School, where he studied to be a machinist. While still there, he took a job at the National Motor Vehicle Company, and eventually left high school without graduating.[5] Smith enrolled at Butler University, but his father developed serious health problems, and Smith left university to return to his job and support his family.[2]

In 1911, at the age of 16, Smith enlisted as a private in Company D of the 2nd Indiana Infantry of the Indiana National Guard. The Indiana National Guard was called out twice in 1913, for the Ohio River flood and during the Indianapolis streetcar strike. Smith was promoted to corporal and then sergeant. During the Pancho Villa Expedition he served on the staff of the Indiana National Guard.[6]

In 1913, Smith met Mary Eleanor (Nory) Cline, who was born in 1893 and died in 1963, and they were married in a traditional Roman Catholic wedding ceremony on 1 July 1917. Their marriage was of long duration but childless.[7]

World War I

Smith's work during the Ohio River flood of 1913 led to his nomination for officer training in 1917, and he was sent to the Officer Candidate Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana for officer indoctrination. Upon his graduation on 27 November 1917, he was directly commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was then assigned to the newly formed Company A, 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry, part of the 4th Infantry Division at Camp Greene, North Carolina.[8] The 4th Infantry Division embarked for Europe, then embroiled in World War I, from Hoboken, New Jersey, on 9 May 1918, reaching Brest, France, on the 23rd of May. After training with the British and French Armies, the 4th Division entered the front lines in June 1918, joining the Aisne-Marne Offensive on 18 July 1918. Smith was wounded by shell fragments during an attack two days later.[9]

Because of his wounds, Smith was returned to the United States for service with the U.S. Department of War's General Staff, and he was assigned to the Military Intelligence Division. In September 1918, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the regular army of the United States.[10]

Smith was next sent to the newly formed 379th Infantry Regiment as its intelligence officer. This regiment was part of the 95th Infantry Division, based at Camp Sherman, Ohio. The 95th Infantry Division was disbanded following the signing of the Armistice with Germany on 11 November 1918. In February 1919 Smith was assigned to Camp Dodge, Iowa, where he was involved with the disposal of surplus equipment and supplies. In March 1919 he was transferred to the 2nd Infantry Regiment, a regular unit based at Camp Dodge, remaining there until November 1919, when it moved to Camp Sherman.[11]

Between the wars

The staff of the 2nd Infantry moved to Fort Sheridan, Illinois, in 1921. In 1922, Smith became aide de camp to Brigadier General George Van Horn Moseley, the commander of the 12th Infantry Brigade at Fort Sheridan. From 1925 to 1929 Smith worked as an assistant in the Bureau of the Budget. He then served a two-year tour of duty overseas on the staff of the 45th Infantry at Fort William McKinley in the Philippines. After nine years as a first lieutenant, he was promoted to captain in September 1929.[12]

Returning to the United States, Smith reported to the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in March 1931.[13] Upon graduation in June 1932, he stayed on as an instructor in the Weapons Section, where he was responsible for demonstrating weapons like the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle. In 1933 he was sent to the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[14] Afterward, he returned to the Infantry School but was detached again to attend the U.S. Army War College, from which he graduated in 1937.[15] He returned to the Infantry School once more, where he was promoted to major on 1 January 1939 after nine years as a captain.[16] Such slow promotion was common in the Army in the 1920s and 1930s. Officers like Smith who were commissioned between November 1916 and November 1918 made up 55.6 percent of the Army's officer corps in 1926. Promotions were usually based on seniority, and the modest objective of promoting officers to major after seventeen years of service could not be met because of a shortage of posts for them to fill.[17]

World War II


When General George C. Marshall became the Army's Chief of Staff in September 1939, he brought Smith to Washington, D.C., to be the Assistant to the Secretary of the General Staff.[18] The Secretary of the General Staff was primarily concerned with records, paperwork, and the collection of statistics, but he also performed a great deal of analysis, liaison, and administration.[19] One of Smith's duties was liaison with Major General Edwin "Pa" Watson, the Senior Military Aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[18] Smith was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 4 May 1941, and then to colonel on 30 August 1941.[20] On 1 September, the Secretary of the General Staff, Colonel Orlando Ward, was given command of the 1st Armored Division, and Smith became Secretary of the General Staff.[21]

The Arcadia Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., December 1941 and January 1942, mandated the creation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a counterpart to the British Chiefs of Staff Committee, and Smith was named as its secretary on 23 January 1942. The same conference also brought about the creation of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, which consisted of the (American) Joint Chiefs of Staff and the (British) Chiefs of Staff Committee meeting as a single body. Brigadier Vivian Dykes of the British Joint Staff Mission provided the secretarial arrangements for the new organization at first, but General Marshall thought that an American secretariat was required. He appointed Smith as the secretary of the Combined Chiefs of Staff as well as of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since Dykes was senior in service time to Smith, and Marshall wanted Smith to be in charge, Smith was promoted to brigadier general on 2 February 1942. He assumed the new post a week later, with Dykes as his deputy. The two men worked in partnership to create and organize the secretariat, and to build the organization of the Combined Chiefs-of-Staff into one that could coordinate the war efforts of the two allies, along with the Canadians, Australians, French and others. Smith's duties involved taking part in discussions of strategy at the highest level, and he often briefed President Roosevelt on strategic matters.[22] However Smith became frustrated as he watched other officers receive operational commands that he desired.[23] He later remarked: "That year I spent working as secretary of the general staff for George Marshall was one of the most rewarding of my entire career, and the unhappiest year of my life."[24]

North African Theater

Allied leaders in the Sicilian campaign
Allied leaders in the Sicilian campaign. General Eisenhower meets in North Africa with (foreground, left to right): Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, General Sir Harold R.L.G. Alexander, Admiral Sir Andrew B. Cunningham, and (top row): Mr. Harold Macmillan, Major General W. Bedell Smith, and several unidentified British officers.

When Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed as the commander of the European Theater of Operations in June 1942, he requested that Smith be sent from Washington as his chief-of-staff. Smith's record as a staff officer, and his proven ability to work harmoniously with the British, made him a natural choice for the post. Reluctantly, Marshall acceded to this request,[25] and Smith took over as the chief-of-staff at Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) on 15 September 1942. Reporting to him were two deputy chiefs of staff, Brigadier General Alfred Gruenther and Brigadier John Whiteley, and also the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Major General Humfrey Gale.[26]

AFHQ was a balanced binational organization, in which the chief of each section was paired with a deputy of the other nationality. Its structure was generally American, but with some British aspects. For example, Gale as CAO controlled both personnel and supply functions, which under the American system would have reported directly to Smith.[26] Initially AFHQ was located in London, but it moved to Algiers during November and December 1942, with Smith arriving on December 11.[27] Although AFHQ had an authorized strength of only 700, Smith aggressively expanded it. By January 1943 its American component alone was 1,406 and its strength eventually topped 4,000 men and women.[28] As the chief-of-staff, Smith zealously guarded access to Eisenhower. He acquired a reputation as a tough and brusque manager, and he was often referred to as Eisenhower's "hatchet man".[29]

Pending the organization of the North African Theater of Operations, U.S. Army (NATOUSA), Smith also acted as its chief-of-staff until 15 February,[30] when Brigadier General Everett S. Hughes became the Deputy Theater commander and the commanding general of the Communications Zone.[31] The relationship between Smith and Hughes, an old friend of Eisenhower, was tense. Smith later accused Hughes of "empire building", and the two clashed over trivial issues.[32] In Algiers, Smith and Eisenhower seldom socialized together. Smith conducted formal dinners at his villa, an estate surrounded by gardens and terraces, with two large drawing rooms decorated with mosaics, oriental rugs, and art treasures. Like Eisenhower, Smith had a female companion, a nurse, Captain Ethel Westerman.[33]

Following the disastrous Battle of the Kasserine Pass, Eisenhower sent Smith forward to report on the state of affairs at the American II Corps. Smith recommended the relief of its commander, Major General Lloyd Fredendall, as did General Harold Alexander and Major Generals Omar Bradley and Lucian Truscott. On their advice, Eisenhower replaced Fredendall with Major General George S. Patton, Jr. Eisenhower also relieved his Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence (G-2), Brigadier Eric Mockler-Ferryman, pinpointing faulty intelligence at AFHQ as a contributing factor in the defeat at Kasserine. Mockler-Ferryman was replaced by Brigadier Kenneth Strong.[34]

The debacle at Kasserine Pass strained relations between the Allies, and another crisis developed when II Corps reported that enemy aviation was operating at will over its sector because of an absence of Allied air cover. This elicited a scathing response from British Air Marshal Arthur Coningham on the competence of American troops.[35] Eisenhower drafted a letter to Marshall suggesting that Coningham should be relieved of his command since he could not control the acrimony between senior Allied commanders, but Smith persuaded him not to send it.[36] Instead, Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder, Major General Carl Spaatz, and Brigadier General Laurence S. Kuter paid Patton a visit at his headquarters. Their meeting was interrupted by a German air raid that convinced the airmen that General Patton had a point. Coningham withdrew his written criticisms and he apologized.[35]

Secret Emissaries to Lisbon
Secret Emissaries to Lisbon (left to right) Brigadier Kenneth W. D. Strong, Generale di Brigata Giuseppe Castellano, Smith, and Consul Franco Montanari, an official from the Italian Foreign Office.

For the Allied invasion of Sicily, the Combined Chiefs of Staff designated Eisenhower as the overall commander but they ordered the three component commanders, Alexander, Tedder, and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham of the Royal Navy, to "cooperate". To Eisenhower, this command arrangement meant a reversion to the old British "committee system". He drafted a cable to the Combined Chiefs of Staff demanding a unified command structure, but Smith persuaded him to tear it up.[37]

Disagreements arose between Allied commanders over the operational plan, which called for a series of dispersed landings, based on the desire of the air, naval, and logistical planners concerning the early capture of ports and airfields. General Bernard Montgomery, the commander of the British Eighth Army, objected to this aspect of the plan, since it exposed the Allied forces to defeat in detail. Montgomery put forward an alternate plan that involved American and British forces landing side by side. He convinced Smith that his alternate plan was sound, and the two men then persuaded most of the other Allied commanders. Montgomery's plan provided for the early seizure of airfields, which satisfied Tedder and Cunningham. The fears of logisticians like Major General Thomas B. Larkin that supply would not be practical without a port were resolved by the use of amphibious trucks.[38]

In August 1943, Smith and Strong flew to Lisbon via Gibraltar in civilian clothes, where they met with Generale di Brigata Giuseppe Castellano at the British embassy. While Castellano had hoped to arrange terms for Italy to join the United Nations against Nazi Germany, Smith was empowered to draw up an armistice between Italy and Allied armed forces, but he was unable to negotiate political matters.[39] On September 3, Smith and Castellano signed the agreed-upon text on behalf of Eisenhower and Pietro Badoglio, respectively, in a simple ceremony beneath an olive tree at Cassibile, Sicily.[40] In October, Smith traveled to Washington for two weeks to represent Eisenhower in a series of meetings, including one with President Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York, on 10 October.[41]

European theater

In December 1943, Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Allied Commander for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy.[42] Eisenhower wished to take Smith and other key members of his AFHQ staff with him to his new assignment, but Prime Minister Winston Churchill wanted to retain Smith at AFHQ as Deputy Supreme Commander in the Mediterranean. Churchill reluctantly gave way at Eisenhower's insistence.[29] On New Year's Eve, Smith met with General (one day later Field Marshal) Sir Alan Brooke to discuss the transfer of key British staff members from AFHQ to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Brooke released Gale only after a strong appeal from Smith,[43] but refused to transfer Strong. A heated exchange resulted, and Brooke later complained to Eisenhower about Smith's behavior. This was the only time that a senior British officer ever complained openly about Smith.[44] Whiteley became Chief of Intelligence (G-2) at SHAEF instead of Strong, but Eisenhower and Smith had their way in the long run, and Strong assumed the post on 25 May 1944, with Brigadier General Thomas J. Betts as his deputy.[45]

Bedell Smith and Ruth Briggs
Smith and his wartime secretary, Ruth Briggs, who was also Smith's executive assistant when he was Ambassador to the Soviet Union after the war

Smith was promoted to lieutenant general and also made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in January 1944.[46] On 18 January, he set out for London with two and a half tons of personal baggage loaded onto a pair of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses.[47] The staff of the Chief-of-Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander (COSSAC) was already active, and he had been planning the Overlord operation for some time.

This staff was absorbed into SHAEF, with COSSAC, with Major General Frederick Morgan, becoming Smith's Deputy Chief of Staff at SHAEF. Gale also held the title of Deputy Chief of Staff, as well as being Chief Administrative Officer, and there was also a Deputy Chief of Staff (Air), Air Vice Marshal James Robb.[48] The heads of the other staff divisions were Major General Ray W. Barker (G-1), Major General Harold R. Bull (G-3), Major General Robert W. Crawford (G-4) and Major General Sir Roger Lumley (G-5).[49]

Morgan had located his COSSAC headquarters in Norfolk House at 31 St. James's Square, London,[50] but Smith moved it to Bushy Park on the outskirts of London. This was according to Eisenhower's expressed desire not to have his headquarters inside of a major city. A hutted camp was built with 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of floor space. By the time Overlord began, accommodations had been provided for 750 officers and 6,000 enlisted men and women.[51]

Eisenhower and Smith's offices were in a subterranean complex. Smith's office was spartan, dominated by a large portrait of Marshall.[52] An advanced command post codenamed Sharpener was established near Portsmouth, where Montgomery's 21st Army Group and Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay's Allied Naval Expeditionary Force headquarters were located.[51]

Ground operations in Normandy were controlled by Montgomery at first, but SHAEF Forward headquarters moved to Jullouville in August, and on 1 September Eisenhower assumed control of Bradley's 12th Army Group and Montgomery's 21st Army Group.[53] Smith soon realized that he had made a mistake. The forward headquarters was remote and inaccessible, and it lacked the necessary communications equipment.[54]

On 6 September, Eisenhower ordered both SHAEF Forward and SHAEF Main to move to Versailles as soon as possible. SHAEF Forward began its move on 15 September and it opened in Versailles on 20 September. SHAEF Main followed, moving from Bushy Park by air. This move was completed by October, and SHAEF remained there until 17 February 1945, when SHAEF Forward moved to Reims.[55] By this time, SHAEF had grown in size to 16,000 officers and enlisted men, of whom 10,000 were American and 6,000 British.[56]

Meeting of the Supreme Command
Meeting of the Allied Supreme Command in February 1944. Left to right:Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, General Dwight Eisenhower, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory and Lieutenant General Bedell Smith.

By November 1944, Strong was reporting that there was a possibility of a German counteroffensive in the Ardennes or the Vosges. Smith sent Strong to personally warn Bradley, who was preparing an offensive of his own.[57] The magnitude and ferocity of the German Ardennes Offensive came as a shock, and Smith had to defend Strong against criticism for failing to sound the alarm. He felt Bradley had been given ample warning.[58]

Once battle was joined, Eisenhower acted decisively, committing the two armored divisions in the 12th Army Group's reserve over Bradley's objection, along with his own meager reserves, two airborne divisions. Whiteley and Betts visited the U.S. First Army headquarters and they were unimpressed with the way its commanders were handling the situation. Strong, Whiteley, and Betts recommended that command of the armies north of the Ardennes be transferred from Bradley to Montgomery. Smith's immediate reaction was to dismiss the suggestion out of hand. He told Strong and Whiteley that they were fired and should pack their bags and return to the United Kingdom. On the next morning, Smith apologized. He had had second thoughts, and he informed them that he would present their recommendation to Eisenhower as his own. He realized the military and political implications of this, and knew that such a recommendation had to come from an American officer. On December 20, he recommended it to Eisenhower, who telephoned both General Bradley and Montgomery, and Eisenhower ordered it.[59]

This decision was greatly resented by many Americans, particularly in 12th Army Group, who felt that the action discredited the U.S. Army's command structure.[60] Heavy casualties since the start of Operation Overlord resulted in a critical shortage of infantry replacements even before the crisis situation created by the Ardennes Offensive. Steps were taken to divert men from Communications Zone units. The commander of the Communication Zone, Lieutenant General John C. H. Lee, persuaded Eisenhower to allow soldiers to volunteer for service "without regard to color or race to the units where assistance is most needed, and give you the opportunity of fighting shoulder to shoulder to bring about victory".[61]

Smith immediately grasped the political implications of this. He put his position to Eisenhower in writing:

Although I am now somewhat out of touch with the War Department's Negro policy, I did, as you know, handle this during the time I was with General Marshall. Unless there has been a radical change, the sentence which I have marked in the attached circular letter will place the War Department in very grave difficulties. It is inevitable that this statement will get out, and equally inevitable that the result will be that every Negro organization, pressure group and newspaper will take the attitude that, while the War Department segregates colored troops into organizations of their own against the desires and pleas of all the Negro race, the Army is perfectly willing to put them in the front lines mixed in units with white soldiers, and have them do battle when an emergency arises. Two years ago I would have considered the marked statement the most dangerous thing that I had ever seen in regard to Negro relations. I have talked with Lee about it, and he can't see this at all. He believes that it is right that colored and white soldiers should be mixed in the same company. With this belief I do not argue, but the War Department policy is different. Since I am convinced that this circular letter will have the most serious repercussions in the United States, I believe that it is our duty to draw the War Department's attention to the fact that this statement has been made, to give them warning as to what may happen and any facts which they may use to counter the pressure which will undoubtedly be placed on them.[62]

Allied Commanders after Germany Surrendered
Senior Allied commanders at Rheims shortly after the German surrender. Present are (left to right): Major General Ivan Susloparov, Lieutenant General Frederick Morgan, Lieutenant General Bedell Smith, Captain Kay Summersby (obscured), Captain Harry C. Butcher, General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower, Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder

The policy was revised, with Negro soldiers serving in provisional platoons. In the 12th Army Group these were attached to regiments, while in the 6th Army Group the platoons were grouped into whole companies attached to the division. The former arrangement were generally better rated by the units they were attached to, because the Negro platoons had no company-level unit training.[63]

On 15 April 1945, the Nazi governor (Reichskommissar) of the Netherlands, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, offered to open up Amsterdam to food and coal shipments to ease the suffering of the civilian population. Smith and Strong, representing SHAEF, along with Major General Ivan Susloparov representing the Soviet Union, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld representing the Dutch government, and Major General Sir Francis de Guingand from 21st Army Group, met with Seyss-Inquart in the Dutch village of Achterveld on 30 April. After threatening Seyss-Inquart with prosecution for war crimes, Smith successfully negotiated for the provision of food to the suffering Dutch civilian population in the cities in the west of the country, and he opened discussions for the peaceful and complete German capitulation in the Netherlands, to the First Canadian Army, that did follow on the 5th of May.[64]

Smith had to conduct another set of surrender negotiations, that of the German armed forces, in May 1945. Smith met with the representatives of the German High Command (the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht), Colonel General Alfred Jodl and General-Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg. Once again, Strong acted as an interpreter. Smith took a hard line, threatening that unless terms were accepted, the Allies would seal the front, thus forcing the remaining Germans into the hands of the Red Army, but he made some concessions regarding a ceasefire before the surrender came into effect. On May 7, Smith cosigned the surrender document alongside Soviet General Susloparov, both representing the Allies, and Jodl, representing Germany. French representative, Major General François Sevez, signed as witness.[65][66]

After the war

Ambassador to the Soviet Union

Ambassador Walter Bedell Smith
Smith as the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1946–48

Smith briefly returned to the United States in June 1945. In August, Eisenhower nominated Smith as his successor as commander of U.S. Forces, European Theater, as ETOUSA was redesignated on 1 July 1945. Smith was passed over in favor of General Joseph McNarney.[67] When Eisenhower took over as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in November 1945, he summoned Smith to become his Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Planning.[68] However, soon after his arrival back in Washington he was asked by President Harry S. Truman and U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes to become the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union.[68] In putting Smith's nomination for the post before the United States Senate, Truman asked for and received special legislation permitting Smith to retain his permanent military rank of major general.[67]

Smith's service as the American ambassador was not a success. Although no fault of Smith's, during his tenure the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorated rapidly as the Cold War set in. Smith's tenacity of purpose came across as a lack of flexibility, and it did nothing to allay Soviet fears about American intentions. He became thoroughly disillusioned and turned into a hardened cold warrior who saw the Soviet Union as a secretive, totalitarian and antagonistic state.[67] In My Three Years in Moscow (1950), Smith's account of his time as ambassador, he wrote:

... we are forced into a continuing struggle for a free way of life that may extend over a period of many years. We dare not allow ourselves any false sense of security. We must anticipate that the Soviet tactic will be to wear us down, to exasperate us, and to keep probing for weak spots, and we must cultivate firmness and patience to a degree we have never before required.[69]

Smith returned to the United States in March 1949. Truman offered him the post of Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs but General Smith declined the appointment, preferring to return to military duty. He was appointed as the commander of the First Army at Fort Jay, New York, his first command since 1918. Throughout the war, Smith had been troubled by a recurring stomach ulcer. The problem became severe in 1949. He was no longer able eat a normal diet, and he was suffering from malnutrition.[70] Smith was admitted to the Walter Reed Army Hospital, where the surgeons decided to remove most of his stomach. This did cure his ulcer, but Smith remained malnourished and thin.[71]

Director of Central Intelligence

Bedell Smith CIA
Bedell Smith (center) with top Agency leaders, including outgoing D.C.I. Hillenkoetter (to Smith's left, in light suit), 7 October 1950

On 7 October 1950, Truman selected Smith as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Since the post had been established in 1946, there had been three directors, none of whom had wanted the job.[72]

The 1949 Intelligence Survey Group had produced the Dulles-Jackson-Correa Report, which found that the CIA had failed in its responsibilities in both the coordination and production of intelligence. In response, the U.S. National Security Council accepted the conclusions and recommendations of the report. It remained to implement them.[73] In May 1950, President Truman decided that Smith was the man he needed for the CIA.[74] Before Smith could assume the post on 7 October, there was a major intelligence failure. The North Korean invasion of South Korea in June 1950, which started the Korean War, took the administration entirely by surprise, and it raised fears of a third world war.[75]

Since Smith knew little about the Agency, he asked for a deputy who did. Sidney Souers, the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council, recommended William Harding Jackson, one of the authors of the Dulles-Jackson-Correa Report, to Smith. Jackson accepted the post of Deputy Director on three conditions, one of which was "no bawlings out".[76]

Smith and Jackson moved to reorganize the agency in line with the recommendations of the Dulles-Jackson-Correa Report. They streamlined procedures for gathering and disseminating intelligence.[77] On 10 October, Smith was asked to prepare estimates for the Wake Island Conference between the President and General Douglas MacArthur. Smith insisted that the estimates be simple, readable, conclusive, and useful rather than mere background. They reflected the best information available, but unfortunately, one estimate concluded that the Chinese would not intervene in Korea, another major intelligence failure.[78]

Four months after the outbreak of the Korean War, the Agency had produced no coordinated estimate of the situation in Korea. Smith created a new Office of National Estimates (ONE) under the direction of William L. Langer, the Harvard historian who had led the Research and Analysis branch of the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Langer's staff created procedures that were followed for the next two decades. Smith stepped up efforts to obtain economic, psychological, and photographic intelligence. By December 1, Smith had formed a Directorate for Administration. The Agency would ultimately be divided by function into three directorates: Administration, Plans, and Intelligence.[75]

Smith with Truman
D.C.I. Smith briefing President Truman

Smith is remembered in the CIA as its first successful Director of Central Intelligence, and one of its most effective, who redefined its structure and mission. The CIA's expansive covert action program remained the responsibility of Frank Wisner's quasi-independent Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), but Smith began to bring OPC under the DCI's control. In early January 1951 he made Allen Dulles the first Deputy Director for Plans (DDP), to supervise both OPC and the CIA's separate espionage organization, the Office of Special Operations (OSO). Not until January 1952 were all intelligence functions consolidated under a Deputy Director for Intelligence (DDI). Wisner succeeded Dulles as DDP in August 1951, and it took until August 1952 to merge the OSO and the OPC, each of which had its own culture, methods, and pay scales, into an effective, single directorate.[75]

By consolidating responsibility for covert operations, Smith made the CIA the arm of government primarily responsible for them.[79] Smith wanted the CIA to become a career service.[80] Before the war, the so-called "Manchu Law" limited the duration of an officer's temporary assignments, which effectively prevented anyone from making a career as a general staff officer. There were no schools for intelligence training, and the staffs had little to do in peacetime. Career officers therefore tended to avoid such work unless they aspired to be military attachés. Smith consolidated training under a Director of Training and developed a career service program.[81]

When Eisenhower was appointed as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1951, he asked for Smith to serve as his chief of staff again. Truman turned down the request, stating that the DCI was a more important post. Eisenhower therefore took Lieutenant General Alfred Gruenther with him as his chief of staff. When Eisenhower later recommended Gruenther's elevation to four-star rank, Truman decided that General Smith should be promoted also. However, Smith's name was omitted from the promotion list. Truman then announced that no one would be promoted until Smith was, which occurred on 1 August 1951.[80] Smith retired from the Army upon leaving the CIA on 9 February 1953.[82]

Under Secretary of State

On 11 January 1953, Eisenhower, now president-elect, announced that Smith would become an Under Secretary of State. Smith's appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate on 6 February and he resigned as the DCI three days later.[83] In May 1954, Smith traveled to Europe in an attempt to convince the British to participate in an intervention to avert French defeat in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. When this failed, he reached an agreement with the Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, to partition Vietnam into two separate states. In 1953, the President of Guatemala, Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, threatened to nationalize land belonging to the United Fruit Company. Smith ordered the American ambassador in Guatemala to put a CIA plan for a Guatemalan coup into effect, which was accomplished by the following year. Smith left the State Department on 1 October 1954 and took up a position with the United Fruit Company. He also served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Associated Missile Products Company and AMF Atomics Incorporated, Vice Chairman of American Machine and Foundry (AMF) and a director of RCA and Corning Incorporated.[84]

Final positions

After retiring as Under Secretary of State in 1954, Smith continued to serve the Eisenhower administration in various posts. He was a member of the National Security Training Commission from 1955 to 1957, the National War College board of consultants from 1956 to 1959, the Office of Defense Mobilization Special Stockpile Advisory Committee from 1957 to 1958, the President's Citizen Advisors on the Mutual Security Program from 1956 to 1957, and the President's Committee on Disarmament in 1958. Smith was a consultant at the Special Projects Office (Disarmament) in the Executive Office of the President from 1955 to 1956. He also served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the President's Committee on Fund Raising, and as a member-at-large from 1958 to 1961. In recognition of his other former boss, he was a member of the George C. Marshall Foundation Advisory Committee from 1960 to 1961.[85]

In 1955, Smith was approached to perform the voice-over and opening scene for the movie To Hell And Back, which was based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy. He accepted, and had small parts in the movie, most notably in the beginning, where he was dressed in his old service uniform. He narrated several parts of the movie, referring constantly to "the foot soldier".[86] Smith was portrayed on screen by Alexander Knox in The Longest Day (1962), Edward Binns in Patton (1970) and Timothy Bottoms in Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004). On television he has been portrayed by John Guerrasio in Cambridge Spies (2003), Charles Napier in War and Remembrance (1989), Don Fellows in The Last Days of Patton (1986) and J.D. Cannon in Ike: The War Years (1979).

Death and legacy

Smith suffered a heart attack on 9 August 1961, at his home in Washington, D.C., and he died in the ambulance on the way to Walter Reed Army Hospital. Although entitled to a Special Full Honor Funeral, at the request of his widow, a simple joint service funeral was held, patterned after the one given to General Marshall in 1959. She selected a grave site for her husband in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery close to Marshall's grave.[87] Mrs. Smith was buried next to him after her death in 1963.[88] Smith's papers are in the Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abilene, Kansas.[85]

Dates of rank

Insignia Rank Component Date
No insignia Private Indiana National Guard 1911
Various Corporal to Sergeant Indiana National Guard to 1917
No pin insignia at the time Second lieutenant Officers' Reserve Corps 27 November 1917
US-O2 insignia.svg First lieutenant Regular Army (United States Army) 10 September (effective 4 October) 1918
US-O2 insignia.svg First lieutenant Regular Army 1 July (effective 23 September) 1920 (permanent rank)
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain Regular Army 24 September 1929
US-O4 insignia.svg Major Regular Army 1 January 1939
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant colonel Army of the United States 18 April (effective 3 May) 1941
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant colonel Regular Army 4 May 1941
US-O6 insignia Colonel Army of the United States 30 August 1941
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier general Army of the United States 2 February 1942
US-O8 insignia Major general Army of the United States 3 December 1942
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier general Regular Army 1 September 1943
US-O9 insignia Lieutenant general Army of the United States 13 January 1944
US-O8 insignia Major general Regular Army 1 August 1945
US-O10 insignia General Army of the United States 1 August 1951
US-O10 insignia General Regular Army, Retired 31 January 1953


Awards and decorations

U.S. military decorations
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon Legion of Merit
Bronze Star BAR Bronze Star Medal
U.S. Civil Medals
USA - National Security Medal Ribbon National Security Medal
U.S. Military Service Medals
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
World War I Victory Medal ribbon
World War I Victory Medal with three battle clasps
American Defense Service Medal ribbon American Defense Service Medal
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven service stars
World War II Victory Medal ribbon World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon Army of Occupation Medal with "Germany" clasp
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
International and Foreign Awards
BEL Kroonorde Grootkruis BAR Grand Croix de l'Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium)
Croix de Guerre 1940-1945 with palm (Belgium) - ribbon bar Croix de guerre with palm (Belgium)
BRA Ordem do Merito Militar Gra-cruz Order of Military Merit, Grand Cross (Brazil)
CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Grand Cross BAR Medal of Military Merit of the Army, First Class, Grand Cross (Chile)
TCH Rad Bileho Lva 2 tridy (pre1990) BAR Order of the White Lion, Star II Class (Czechoslovakia)
Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945 Ribbon War Cross 1939–1945 (Czechoslovakia)
Legion Honneur GO ribbon Legion of Honor, Grand Officer (France)
CroixdeGuerreFR-BronzePalm Croix de guerre 1914–1918 with palm (France)
Croix de guerre 1939–1945 stripe bronsepalme Croix de guerre 1939–1945 with palm (France)
Order of the Bath UK ribbon Order of the Bath, Knight Commander (United Kingdom)
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon Order of the British Empire, Knight Commander (United Kingdom)
LUX Order of the Oak Crown - Grand Cross BAR Order of the Oak Crown, Grand Cross (Luxembourg)
Grand Cross of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite ribbon Order of Ouissam Alaouite, Grand Cross (Morocco)
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Grand Cross BAR Order of the Netherlands Lion, Knight Grand Cross (Netherlands)
POL Virtuti Militari Srebrny BAR Order of Virtuti Militari, Silver Cross (Poland)
POL Polonia Restituta Komandorski ZG BAR Order of Polonia Restituta, II Class (Poland)
POL Order Krzyża Grunwaldu 2 Klasy BAR Cross of Grunwald, Second Class (Poland)
Ordre du Nichan Iftikhar GC ribbon (Tunisia) Order of Nichan Iftikhar (Tunisia)
Order kutuzov1 ribbon Order of Kutuzov, First Class (U.S.S.R.)

Source: "In Memoriam. General Walter Bedell Smith. 5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 31 August 2010.


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Admiral's House

The Admiral's House is located in the Nolan Park area of Governors Island in New York Harbor. It was designed in 1840 by Martin E. Thompson in the Greek Revival style, and construction was completed in 1843. A south wing was added in 1886, and a Colonial Revival entrance portico with Doric columns in c.1893-1916. The rear of the house was redesigned in 1936-37 by Charles O. Cornelius, who also added ironwork to the structure.Governors Island hosted a U.S. Army post alternately known as Fort Columbus and Fort Jay and headquarters from the 1870s until 1965 when the structure was known as the Commanding Officer's Quarters or Quarters 1. Residents included Omar N. Bradley, Robert Lee Bullard, Adna Chaffee, John J. Pershing, Walter Bedell Smith, Leonard Wood, Jonathan Wainwright, and Winfield Scott Hancock, who ran for president while living here.

In 1966 the island became a U.S. Coast Guard base and headquarters for the Third Coast Guard District and the Atlantic Area Command, and the house obtained its more recent name.

On December 7, 1988, the house was the location of a meeting between Mikhail Gorbachev, then General Secretary of the Soviet Union and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, immediately after Gorbachev's speech to the United Nations announcing "perestroika". The summit meeting helped the two countries to take steps which led to the end of the Cold War.The Coast Guard base closed in 1996, in some part due to the peace dividend which resulted from the lessening of tensions.The Admiral's House was designated a New York City landmark in 1967. and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Alan Goodrich Kirk

Admiral Alan Goodrich Kirk (October 30, 1888 – October 15, 1963) was a senior officer in the United States Navy and a diplomat.

American Committee on United Europe

The American Committee on United Europe (ACUE), founded in 1948, was a private American organization that sought to counter communistm in Europe by promoting European political integration. Its first chairman was William Joseph Donovan, who had left the government after the war and was in private law practice.

The vice-chairman was Allen Dulles, who also had left the government and was in private practice. He later joined the CIA in 1951,. A board member was Walter Bedell Smith, the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, who later joined the CIA in 1950.The structure of the organization was outlined in early summer of 1948 by Donovan and Allen Welsh Dulles by then also reviewing the organization of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). in response to assistance requests by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi and Winston Churchill.

Declassified American government documents have shown that the ACUE received foundation money it used to help fund of both the European Movement and the European Youth Campaign. The ACUE itself received funding from the Rockefeller and Ford foundations.American policy was to promote a United States of Europe, sponsored by Winston Churchill, but it was never formed. The committee was later used as a discreet way to funnel CIA funds (by the mid-1950s, ACUE was receiving roughly US$1,000,000 per year) to organizations supporting European federalism such as the Council of Europe, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the proposed European Defence Community.An article in The Daily Telegraph in September 2000 noted, "The State Department also played a role. A memo from the European section, dated June 11, 1965, advises the vice-president of the European Economic Community, Robert Marjolin, to pursue monetary union by stealth. It recommends suppressing debate until the point at which "adoption of such proposals would become virtually inescapable"."

American Machine and Foundry

American Machine and Foundry (known after 1970 as AMF, Inc.) was one of the United States' largest recreational equipment companies, with diversified products as disparate as garden equipment, atomic reactors, and yachts.

The company was founded in 1900 by Rufus L. Patterson, inventor of the first automated cigarette manufacturing machine. Originally incorporated in New Jersey but operating in Brooklyn, the company began by manufacturing cigarette, baking, and stitching machines. AMF moved into the bowling business after World War II, when AMF automated bowling equipment and bowling centers became profitable business ventures. Bicycle production was added in 1950. The company was once a major manufacturer of products from tennis racquets to research reactors for the US' "Atoms for Peace" program. AMF became a major part of what would soon be referred to by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower as "the military-industrial complex" after World War II.

In the late 1950s, the company's vice-chairman was Walter Bedell Smith. He was formerly a US major general, Eisenhower's wartime chief-of-staff, and Harry Truman's Ambassador to the Soviet Union. He later became the fourth Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Until the mid-1980s, AMF's range of consumer goods included powered model airplanes, snow skis, lawn and garden equipment, Ben Hogan golf clubs, Voit inflatable balls, exercycles and exercise equipment, Hatteras Yachts, Alcort Sailboats, Nimble bicycles, motorized bicycles, mopeds, and SCUBA gear. For a time, AMF owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Aging production facilities and increasing quality control problems in some product lines caused sales declines in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company's vast diversified output proved difficult to efficiently manage, and after suffering a series of losses, the company sold off its operations.

AMF made pool tables for primarily, AMF bowling alleys


An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, since it may constitute only a cessation of hostilities while an attempt is made to negotiate a lasting peace. It is derived from the Latin arma, meaning "arms" (as in weapons) and -stitium, meaning "a stopping".The United Nations Security Council often imposes, or tries to impose, cease-fire resolutions on parties in modern conflicts. Armistices are always negotiated between the parties themselves and are thus generally seen as more binding than non-mandatory UN cease-fire resolutions in modern international law.

An armistice is a modus vivendi and is not the same as a peace treaty, which may take months or even years to agree on. The 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement is a major example of an armistice which has not been followed by a peace treaty. Armistice is also different from a truce or ceasefire, which refer to a temporary cessation of hostilities for an agreed limited time or within a limited area. A truce may be needed in order to negotiate an armistice.

Armistice of Cassibile

The Armistice of Cassibile was an armistice signed on 3 September 1943 by Walter Bedell Smith and Giuseppe Castellano, and made public on 8 September, between the Kingdom of Italy and the Allies during World War II. It was signed at a conference of generals from both sides in an Allied military camp at Cassibile in Sicily, which had recently been occupied by the Allies. The armistice was approved by both King Victor Emmanuel III and Italian Prime Minister Pietro Badoglio. The armistice stipulated the surrender of Italy to the Allies.

After its publication, Germany retaliated against Italy, freeing Mussolini and attacking Italian forces in Italy, the South of France and the Balkans. Italian forces were quickly defeated and most of Italy was occupied by German troops, establishing a puppet state, the Italian Social Republic. In the meanwhile the King, the government and most of the navy reached territories occupied by the Allies.


Bedell may refer to:

Bedel or Bedell, an administrative official at universities in several European countries

Bedell, a defunct 20th c. women's retail apparel chain in California

Bedell Covered Bridge, New Hampshire, United States

Bedell (company), a legal and fiduciary firm

Director of Central Intelligence

The Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was the head of the American Central Intelligence Agency from 1946 to 2005, acting as the principal intelligence advisor to the President of the United States and the United States National Security Council, as well as the coordinator of intelligence activities among and between the various U.S. intelligence agencies (collectively known as the Intelligence Community from 1981 onwards).

The office existed from January 1946 to April 21, 2005. After the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act it was replaced by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as head of the Intelligence Community and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) as head of the CIA.

General Smith

General Smith may refer to:

William Aird-Smith (1993–1942), British Army Brigadier General

Edward Percival Allman-Smith (1886–1969), British Army Brigadier General

Merton Beckwith-Smith (1890–1942), British Army Major General

Mark Carleton-Smith (born 1964), British Army Major General

Sir Anthony Denison-Smith (born 1942), British Army Lieutenant General

Eric Dorman-Smith (1895–1969), Irish Republican Army Acting Major General

Sir Edmund Hakewill-Smith (1896–1986), British Army Major General

Len Roberts-Smith (born 1945), Australian Army Reserve Major General

Andrew Smith (brigadier), Australian Army Brigadier General

Andrew Jackson Smith (1815–1897), United States Union Army Major General

Sir Arthur Smith (1890–1977), British Army Lieutenant General

Brian L. Smith (born 1939), Canadian Air Force Lieutenant General

C. R. Smith (1899–1990), United States Air Force Major General

Charles Ferguson Smith (1807–1862), United States Union Army Major General

Clement Leslie Smith (1878–1927), British Army Brigadier General

Daniel (1748–1818), Tennessee Militia Brigadier General

David R. (1941–), United States Air Force Major General

Desmond Smith (general) (1911–1991), Canadian Army General

Donald B. Smith (born 1947), United States Army Brigadier General

Edmund Kirby Smith (1824–1893), United States Army General

Edward Smith (British Army officer) (died 1808), British Army General

Edwin P. Smith (born 1945), United States Army Lieutenant General

Francis Smith (British Army officer) (1723–1791), British Army Major General

Eric M. Smith (US army officer), United States Army Major General

Francis Henney Smith (1812–1890), Virginia Militia Major General

Frederick Appleton Smith (1849–1922), United States Army Brigadier General

Frederic H. Smith, Jr. (1908–1980), United States Air Force General

Giles Alexander Smith (1829–1876), United States Union Army Major General

Greg Smith (British Army officer) (born 1956), British Army Major General

Green Clay Smith (1826–1895), United States Union Army Brigadier General

Gustavus Woodson Smith (1821–1896), Confederate States Major General

Sir Harry Smith, 1st Baronet (1787–1860), British Army Lieutenant General

Heman R. Smith (1795–1861), Vermont Militia Major General

Holland Smith (1882–1967), United States Marine Corps General

Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien (1858–1930), British Army General

Isaac D. Smith, United States Army Major General

Jacob H. Smith (1840–1918), United States Army General

James Smith (Texas General) (1792–1855), Texas Revolutionary Army General

James Francis Smith (1859–1928), United States Army Brigadier General

James Argyle Smith (1831–1901), Confederate States Brigadier General

James George Smith Neill (1810–1857), British Army Brigadier General

James Webber Smith (1778–1853), British Army Lieutenant General

Jeffrey G. Smith (born 1921), United States Army Lieutenant General

Jesse C. Smith (1808–1888), New York Militia Brigadier General

Sir John Smith (1754–1837), British Army General

John E. Smith (1816–1897), United States Union Army Brigadier General

Sir John Mark Frederick Smith (1790–British Army General

Joseph Smith (general) (1901–1993), United States Air Force Lieutenant General

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805–1844), Illinois Militia Lieutenant General

Joseph Henry Smith (born 1945), Ghana Army Lieutenant General

Joshua Simmons Smith, British Army General

Julian C. Smith (1885–1975), United States Marine Lieutenant General

Lance L. Smith (born 1946), United States Air Force General

Lawrence Smith (South Africa), South African Army Major General

Leo W. Smith II (born 1936), United States Air Force Lieutenant General

Sir Lionel Smith, 1st Baronet (1778–1842), British Army Lieutenant General

Martin Luther Smith (1819–1866), Confederate States Major General

Michael William Smith, British Army General

Morgan Lewis Smith (1822–1874), United States Union Army Brigadier General

Oliver P. Smith (1893–1977), United States Marine Corps General

Perry M. Smith (general) (born 1934), United States Air Force Major General

Persifor Frazer Smith (1798–1858), United States Army Brigadier General

Philip Smith (British Army officer) (–died 1894), British Army Lieutenant General

Phillips Waller Smith (1906–1963), United States Air Force Major General

Preston Smith (general) (1823–1863), Confederate States Brigadier General

Ralph C. Smith (1893–1998), United States Army Major General

Ray L. Smith, United States Marine Corps Major General

Richard Smith (East India Company officer) (1734–1803), British East India Company Brigadier General

Robert Smith (Australian Army officer) (1881–1928), Australian Army Brigadier General

Sir Rupert Smith (born 1943), British Army General

Samuel Smith (Maryland) (1752–1839), Maryland Militia Major General

Steve Smith (general) (born 1959), Australian Army Reserve Major General

Stuart Smith (general) (born 1963), Australian Army Major General

Tammy Smith (1963–), United States Army Brigadier General

Thomas Adams Smith (1781–1844), United States Army Brigadier General

Thomas Benton Smith (1838–1923), Confederate States Brigadier General

Thomas C. H. Smith (1819–1897), United States Union Army Brigadier General

Thomas Kilby Smith (1820–1887), United States Union Army Brigadier General

Walter Smith (American football) (1875–1955), United States Army Brigadier General

Walter Bedell Smith (1895–1961), United States Army General

Walter Edmond Smith (1895–1976), Australian Army Brigadier General

Wayne C. Smith (1901–1964), United States Army Major General

William Smith (Paymaster General) (1831–1912), United States Army Brigadier General

William "Extra Billy" Smith (1797–1887), Confederate States Major General

Sir William Douglas Smith (1865–1939), British Army Major General

William Duncan Smith (1825–1862), Confederate States Brigadier General

William Farrar Smith (1824–1903), United States Union Army Major General

William Ruthven Smith (1868–1941), United States Army Major General

William Sooy Smith (1830–1916), United States Union Army Major General

William Y. Smith (1925–2016), United States Air Force General

Harvey Overesch

Harvey Edward Overesch (January 20, 1893 – January 20, 1973) was a Vice admiral in the U.S. Navy and American football player.

A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Overesch attended Purdue University for two years before enrolling as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. He played at the end positions for the Navy Midshipmen football team. In December 1913, he was elected as the captain of the 1914 Navy football team. He was also selected as a third-team All-American by Walter Camp in 1914. Overesch also competed for Navy's basketball team and on its eight-oared crew. He won the Navy Athletic Association sword in 1915 for "greatest personal excellence in athletics" in the Academy's Class of 1915.He was given the nickname "Swede" at the Naval Academy.Overesch became a career officer in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of vice admiral. In November 1937, he was serving as a naval attache in Shanghai, China when Japanese forces attacked the city. Overesch provided the Associated Press with his first-hand account of watching the battle from the upper floors of a Chinese teahouse with the nearest fighting less than 50 yards away.Overesch served for three years with the Pacific Fleet from 1939 to 1942.In May 1942, Overesch returned to Annapolis as the athletic director of the U.S. Naval Academy. In June 1942, Overesch was appointed as the Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He served as Commandant until December 1943, at which time Overesch was assigned to sea duty.He was the commander of the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38) from 1944 to March 1945. In June 1944, the San Francisco under Overesch's command participated in the naval battle known as the Marianas Turkey Shoot.In 1951, Overesch was appointed by Director of Central Intelligence, General Walter Bedell Smith to serve as CIA Commander, Far East Command ("FECOM"). By He served at Pershing Heights, Tokyo, Japan as Chief CIA North Asian Command overseeing covert operations in mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Okinawa, and the Philippines. He served in Japan until 1955, when he was transferred the United States Embassy in London.Overesch was married to Emily Forman of Baltimore. He died on January 20, 1973.

Karl G. Harr Jr.

Karl Gottlieb Harr Jr. (born August 3, 1922–March 5, 2002) was an American defense policy expert.

Harr was born in South Orange, New Jersey. He attended Princeton University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in 1943. Princeton awarded Harr the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, Princeton's highest undergraduate honor.

Harr held two positions from 1956 to 1961, which enabled him to observe and participate in the inner workings of the National Security Council (NSC). In November 1956, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and alternate Defense member of the NSC Planning Board. This position enabled him to become familiar with the functions, organization, and procedures of the National Security Council and the Operations Coordinating Board. In 1958, he was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Security Operations Coordination and vice chairman of the Operations Coordinating Board. In this position, his functions were to seek to ensure coordinated implementation of national security policies in the programs and operations of various government departments and agencies, and to report to the President and the NSC on the effectiveness of operations coordination and implementation of national security policies.

Throughout his professional life, Harr corresponded with a number of prominent individuals. Some of his correspondents include Nelson Rockefeller, Charles Douglas Jackson, David Sarnoff, Walter Bedell Smith, William Kintner, Hubert Humphrey, Townsend Hoopes, Robert Cutler, Robert Bowie, T. Keith Glennan, Clarence B. Randall, Lewis Strauss, Gordon Gray, and Walt Whitman Rostow. His correspondence discussed such subjects as proposals for political warfare with the Communists, U.S. foreign policy, response to Sputnik, psychological warfare, the work of the United States Information Agency, Laos, OCB committee work, developments in Germany, the Sprague Report, and the 1960 U-2 incident.

National Security Medal

The National Security Medal is a decoration of the United States of America officially established by President Harry S. Truman in Executive Order 10431 of January 19, 1953. The medal was originally awarded to any person, without regard to nationality, for distinguished achievement or outstanding contribution on or after July 26, 1947, in the field of intelligence relating to the national security of the United States.On October 2, 2015, President Barack Obama amended Executive Order 10431 to award the medal to any person, without regard to nationality, including members of the Armed Forces of the United States, for distinguished achievement or outstanding contribution made on or after July 26, 1947, in the field of national security through either exceptionally meritorious service performed in a position of high responsibility or through an act of heroism requiring personal courage of a high degree and complete disregard of personal safety. Two additional sections were added to the original order. First, any individual may recommend a potential recipient as a candidate for the award to the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. Second, if the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council determines that the medal is warranted and following approval by the President, the Executive Secretary shall notify the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who will then process the award recommendation, prepare the medal and deliver it to the National Security Council for presentation to the recipient.

The National Security Medal is authorized to both civilians and personnel of the United States military and is an authorized decoration for display on active duty uniforms of the United States armed forces. In such cases, the National Security Medal is worn after all U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before any military campaign/service awards and foreign decorations.

Additional decorations of the National Security Medal are denoted by a bronze oak leaf cluster.

Order of Military Merit (Brazil)

The Order of Military Merit (Portuguese: Ordem do Mérito Militar) is an award of the Brazilian Army, established on 11 June 1943 by President Getúlio Vargas. The order is presented in five grades and recognizes distinguished service and exceptional contributions to Brazil by members the Brazilian Army and the armies of friendly nations.The grades, in descending order, are:

Grand Cross

Grand Officer




Roscoe B. Woodruff

Major General Roscoe Barnett Woodruff (February 9, 1891 – April 24, 1975) was a career United States Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II and served for 38 years. During World War II he commanded numerous divisions and corps in Europe and the Pacific.

Ruth M. Briggs

Ruth Mary Briggs (December 7, 1910 – July 2, 1985) was born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. She served as a lieutenant colonel in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and as secretary to General Walter Bedell Smith.Briggs graduated officer candidate school at Fort Des Moines and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on August 29, 1942. She was one of the first five WAC officers sent to North Africa in 1942. Though they were rescued, Briggs and the four other WACs received an inglorious welcome to the North African theater as the ship upon which they were sailing was torpedoed and sunk during the night.In 1966 Briggs was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator for Rhode Island. She was defeated by Democrat Claiborne Pell.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF; SHAYF) was the headquarters of the Commander of Allied forces in north west Europe, from late 1943 until the end of World War II. U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the commander in SHAEF throughout its existence. The position itself shares a common lineage with Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Atlantic, but they are different titles.

The Last Days of Patton

The Last Days of Patton is a 1986 American made-for-television film biographical drama film and sequel to the 1970 film Patton, which portrays the last few months of the general's life. George C. Scott reprises the role of General George S. Patton, and Eva Marie Saint portrays Beatrice Patton, the general's wife. It was directed by Delbert Mann.

William Harding Jackson

William Harding Jackson (March 25, 1901 – September 28, 1971) was a U.S. civilian administrator, New York lawyer, and investment banker who served as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Jackson also served briefly under President Dwight D. Eisenhower as United States National Security Adviser from 1956 to 1957.

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