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360   Harold Keith 'Johnny' Johnson Autograph Letter Signed  $200 Unopened $200 0 You must login to place a bid.
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#360 - Harold Keith 'Johnny' Johnson Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $200+

"The armed conflicts in which we have engaged have been relatively inconclusive since the establishment of the Department of Defense"

United States Army general (1912-1983) who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. ALS signed “Johnny Johnson,” two pages, 7 x 8.5, General, Army of the United States letterhead, July 25, 1968. Letter to Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, in part: "I suppose that one is far more conscious of his failures then aware of his successes, and I had far too many failures to take much comfort from actions that might tend to be offsetting. I am enormously proud of the manner in which the Army performed during my tenure as Chief of Staff. I am grateful for the staunch support that I had from inside the active Army, from the retired colony and from outside. Without that support, the task would have been grim, indeed. I have few regrets. Changes in the law over more than twenty years have altered the position of the Chief of Staff to such an extent that I doubt that General Marshall would recognize the position. There is no alternative to living within the letter and spirit of the law. I expect that the years ahead will see some effort to change the law. Given certain inherited instincts in the American people, I foresee no enlargement of authority for the man in uniform. It does give one pause, though, when you remember that the armed conflicts in which we have engaged have been relatively inconclusive since the establishment of the Department of Defense. Perhaps your project is the cause rather than the establishment of DOD. At any rate someone needs to do some hard thinking about the security mechanism for our action." In fine condition.

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