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General Lyman Lemnitzer's Army Green Uniform
General Lyman Lemnitzer's Army Green Uniform


 
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  • General (4 Star) Lyman Lemnitzer's Army Green Uniform, "Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff", and the "Supreme Allied Commander Of NATO"
  • January 15th, 1964 dated, US Army, Coat, Man's, Poly/Wool Tropical, AG-344, or Army Green Uniform
  • Uniform has his typed-in name and date on the inside pocket (Verifing provenance)
  • Uniform has his embroidered name label sewn inside the lining (making this the only double-named General's uniforms found in over 210 General's uniforms in the museum collection - VERY RARE, and an additional proof of provenance)
  • Has 4 silver bullion cloth stars sewn on each shoulder epaulette
  • Has his General's mohair cloth rings on each lower sleeve
  • Includes a 1967 dated, original US Army photo of General Lemnitzer
  • Includes 8 pages of biographical/historical information on his career
  • Condition is a low Excellent

    Biographical Information on General Lyman Lemnitzer

    Born at Honesdale, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1899, he graduated from West Point in 1920 and was commissioned in the Coast Artillery. After graduating from the Coast Artillery School in 1921, he served in Rhode Island and the Philippines. He was an instructor at West Point, 1926-30, and after a second tour in the Philippines, 1934-35. After graduation from the Command and General Staff School in 1936, he was an instructor at the Coast Artillery School unit 1939. In 1940, on graduating from the Army War College, he was assigned to staff duty with Coast Artillery units in the South. In May 1941, by then a Colonel, he joined the General Staff in Washington, serving in the War Plans Division and on the Army Ground Forces Staff.

    In June 1942, he was promoted to Brigadier General in command of the 34th Anti-Aircraft Brigade, but soon received appointment as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Allied Forces Headquarters, under General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in London. After aiding in the planning of the North African invasion, he resumed command of the 34th in February 1943 and led it in the opening phases of General George Patton's Sicilian Campaign. In late June 1943, he became Deputy Chief of Staff of the Allied 15th Army Group (US 7th, British 8th) under General Sir Harold R.L.G. Alexander. He was promoted to Major General in November 1944 and remained with Alexander when the latter became Field Marshal, Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater, in December 1944.

    From November 1945-August 1947, he was the Army Member of the Strategic Survey Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and then Deputy Commandant of the National War College until October 1949. After a year as Director of the Office of Military Assistance in the Department of Defense, he underwent parachute training - at the age of 51 - and was given command of the 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In November 1951, he was ordered in Korea to command the 7th Infantry Division. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in August 1952 and was named Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for Plans and Research. In March 1955 he was appointed Commander of US Army Forces in the Far East and of the 8th Army, with rank of General, and in June became Commander of the Far East Command and of the United Nations command and Governor of Ryuku Island. In July 1957, he suvveeded General Maxwell D. Taylor as Chief of Staff of the Army. He held that post through September 1960 when he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In November 1962, he became Commander of US Forces in Europe, and in January 1963 succeeded to the post of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He retired from the Army in July 1969. In 1975 he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to a blue-ribbon panel to investigate domestic activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was greatly respected as a strategist, one fo the most durable soldiers of his time, his powers in no degree were diminished even in advanced age. He died on November 12, 1988 and was buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Katherine Tryon Lemnitzer (1901-1994) is buried with him.

    Note: Biographical information was attained from the Arlington National Cemetery Website.

    Comments from the Curator:

    This item is the ultimate combat General's uniform that a collector could ever hope to find. It meets all of the necessary criteria to be a top-of-the-line collectible for the advance collector. These criteria are:
  • he saw combat in World War II
  • he was a General in World War II
  • he saw combat as a General in World War II
  • he obtained the highest rank possible in the post World War II period (that of a 4 Star General)
  • he held the highest level of domestic command (that of "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff")
  • he held the highest level of overseas command (that of "Supreme Allied Commander of NATO")


  • The provenance of this uniform is beyond exceptional. Rarely have we seen a double-named General's uniform in over 40 years of collecting! The Lemnitzer estate auction was held in 2007 and this uniform, and 4 of General Lemnitzer's caps were all that this museum could acquire due to the tremendously high prices relized for each item of the auction. This museum's website is also listing General Lemnitzer's 4 caps for sale as well. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a truly spectatcular "attributed" combat Generals uniform.

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