Shown meeting with President Kennedy his first week in office. This belonged to Admiral Arleigh Burke.
During his first week after taking the oath as the 35th President of the United States, the new Commander-in-Chief met with the Chairman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Oval Office. The meeting was memorialized by the taking of this offical U.S. Army color photograph. Copies of the picture were...
During his first week after taking the oath as the 35th President of the United States, the new Commander-in-Chief met with the Chairman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Oval Office. The meeting was memorialized by the taking of this offical U.S. Army color photograph. Copies of the picture were made for each of the participants; these were distributed for signing and then handed out to each of the Chiefs.
This is a 10 by 13 inch color image of the six men, dated on the verso January 25, 1961, and matted to a presentation of 21 by 17 inches. Appearing (and signing on the mat) from left to right were: General David M. Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1959-1964.Ê He was known as Kennedy’s “favorite general”; General Thomas D. White, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to June 1961; General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1960-1962. He was named Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe in November 1962 and was appointed Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in January 1963; President John F. Kennedy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, Chief of Naval Operations. He had been Admiral Marc Mitscher’s Chief of Staff in World War II; and General George H. Decker, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1960-1962.
This photograph was the one that belonged to Admiral Burke. He gave it as a gift to Colonel Howard J. Finn, Marine Corps ace in World War II, who worked for Burke in later years. We obtained it directly from the Finn family.
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