Important TLS, one page, 7 x 10.25, personal five-star general's letterhead, March 13, 1951. Letter to Lt. Col. Robert L. Schulz, welcoming him to his appointment as a member of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). In full: "You have been nominated by your country to serve as a member of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Your selection is clear proof of the professional reputation you enjoy and of the confidence placed in you by your government. I congratulate you for your achievements in your own service and take real satisfaction in confirming your nomination and welcoming you to SHAPE. We have been charged by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with certain missions which are designed to provide for our common security and thereby ensure peace. The responsibilities which thus fall upon this establishment are of a gravity without precedent in the history of free peoples. They call not only for a high order of professional ability but for a complete and selfless dedication to the noble purpose we serve. There can be no compromise with these fundamentals. As a member of Supreme Headquarters, you are given the opportunity of contributing heavily to the preservation of a peaceful world and to those values cherished by free men. The worth of your contribution will depend in large measure upon your recognition of the fact that the purposes to which your country has subscribed will best be served by your unswerving loyalty to our Allied Team." Affixed to a larger 11.5 x 14 page removed from Schulz's personal scrapbook; the reverse bears a menu from Ike's temporary headquarters at the Trianon Palace Versailles for February 16, 1951. Also includes Schulz's green-enameled SHAPE badge, minted by Arthus-Bertrand, engraved on the reverse, "Robert L. Schulz, Aide to Gen. Eisenhower," and stamped as number "42," encapsulated in Lucite (engraved "SHAPE - Paris, Dec. 50 to May 52") and displayed upon a wooden stand; as well as Schulz's pocket knife, engraved on the mother-of-pearl scale with the SHAPE emblem. In overall fine condition, with a tiny chip to the top of the Lucite block. From the collection of Brigadier General Robert L. Schulz, longtime military aide to Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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