In Memoriam

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In Memoriam Gen. Walter Bedell Smith


Gen. Walter Bedell Smith


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the National Security Medal to


for service as set forth in the following


As Director of Central Intelligence, he made an outstanding contribution to the national security of the United States. Through his firmness and tact, perceptiveness and judgment, and withal, through his brilliant leadership in a position of highest responsibility, he assured the realization of that ideal of a coordinated intelligence effort which was set forth by the Congress in 1947, and brought to a new height of effectiveness the intelligence machinery of the United. States Government. Through his well grounded and clearly-defined concept of intelligence, reinforced by his recognized integrity and high personal prestige, he won acceptance of the principle that policy decisions must be based upon sound intelligence.

February 21, 1953



January 16, 1953

Dear Bedell:

As you know, I consider the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency one of the most important steps which I have taken, as President, in the interests of our national security. An effective intelligence service, which this country now possesses, is a vital element in our efforts for a just and lasting peace.

As Director of Central Intelligence since 1950, following your superior service as Ambassador to Moscow, you have successfully and faithfully accomplished your mission of developing the Central Intelligence Agency into an efficient and permanent arm of the Government's national security structure. During this critical period the far-reaching improvements and strengthening which you have introduced in the intelligence field have been of immeasurable value to me and the other members of the National Security Council in dealing with the difficult problems facing us.

I am firmly convinced that no President ever had such a wealth of vital information made available to him in such a useful manner as I have received through CIA. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate and admire the conscientious and loyal way in which you have accomplished your mission. I am equally sure that future Presidents will benefit substantially from the outstanding work which you have done in developing the Central Intelligence Agency.

As I prepare to leave the Presidency, I want to say thank you to a true friend, a real patriot, and a public administrator of the highest calibre.

                                                             Very sincerely yours,

Harry Truman Signature



General Walter Bedell Smith, U.S.A.,
Director of Central Intelligence,
Washington, D. C.

General Smith's Decorations and Service Medals


  • Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Distinguished Service Medal (Navy)
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal

Service Medals

  • World War I Victory Medal with three battle clasps
  • American Defense Service Medal
  • American Campaign Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven bronze service stars for participation in the Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Army of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp

Foreign Decorations

  • Belgium: Grand Croix de 1'Ordre de la Couronne, with Palm; Croix de Guerre 1940, with Palm
  • Brazil: Order of Military Merit, degree of Grand Officer
  • Chile: Medal of Military Merit of the Army, First Class
  • Czechoslovakia: Order of the White Lion for Victory, Star II Class; War Cross, 1939
  • France:Cross of the Legion of Honor (Grand Officer); Croix de Guerre, with Star (WW I); Croix de Guerre, with Palm (WW II)
  • Great Britain: Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath; Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Luxembourg: Ordre National de la Couronne de Chêne, Grade de la Grand Croix
  • Morocco: Grand Officer, Order of Ouissane Alaouite
  • Netherlands: Lion of the Netherlands Grand Cross
  • Poland: Comanders Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (II Class) ; Silver Cross of the Order of Virtuti Militari; Grunwald Cross, 2d Class
  • Tunis: Order of Nishan Iftikhar
  • USSR: Cavalier of the Order of Kutuzov, 1st Class


MOMENT of TRIUMPH: Rheims, 7 May 1945. General Smith as SHAEF Chief of Staff presiding at the formal German surrender which ended the war in Europe. Opposite General Smith is the German Chief o1 Staff, General Jodl, with Admiral von Friedeburg on his left and Major Oxenius on his right. Seated at General Smith's right are Admiral Burrough, Commander of the Allied Naval Forces; General Sevez, representing the French Chief of Staff, General Juin; and General Smith's deputy, General Morgan. At the table on his left are Soviet General Susloparov; General Spaatz, commanding the U.S. Strategic Air Forces; Air Marshal Robb, SHAEF's Chief of Air Staff; and the SHAEF G-3, General Bull.



Page from original manuscript of My Three Years
Page from original manuscript of My Three Years in, Moscow done by General Smith in pencil.

Writings of Walter Bedell Smith


My Three Years in Moscow. (New York Times in 27 installments 6 November to 2 December 1949; Saturday Evening Post in 8 installments 12 November to 31 December 1949; Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1950, 346p.)

Foreign Editions:

  • In de schaduw van het Kremlin, tr. by Rufus. Amsterdam, Moussault, 1952. 334p.
  • Masko men tin varsha. New Delhi, Adhunik Sahitya Prakashan, n. d. 280p. Text in Hindi.
  • Maskoman trana varsha. Bombay, Nutan Sahitya Prakashan, n. d. 292p. A condensed translation into Gujarati.
  • Maskontil tin varshen. New Delhi, Rajakamal, 1952. 301p. Text in Marathi.
  • Meine drei Jahre in Moskau, [dt.] aus d. Amerik. v. Wern G[erh.] Krug. Hamburg, Hoffmann u. Campe, 1950. 486p.
  • Mina tre år i Moskva, tr. by Einar Thermaenius and Nils Holmberg. Stockholm, A. Bonnier, 1950.  290p.
  • Mis tres años en Moscú. Barcelona, Editorial Mateu, 1950. 267p.
  • Mis tres años en Moscú. Mexico, Editorial Matheu Mexicana, 1952.  311p.
  • Mo Szü k'o Ti Shih Ming; tr. by Wang Yun-wu. Taipei, Hwa Kuo Publishing Service, 1950. 353p.
  • Moscow mission, 1946-1949. London, Heineman, 1950. 337p./li>
  • Moskavada üç yil, tr. by Vahdet Gültekin. Istanbul, Nebioğlu Yayinevi, 1951. 228p.
  • Mosuko no san nen . . . Tokyo, Asahi Shimbun Sha, 1950. 284p.
  • The mystery of the Kremlin. Winnipeg Free Press, 13-19 September 1950. Abridged.
  • Rusia contra Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires, Editorial Pegaso, 1953. 306p.
  • Stalin or hans rike. Mine tre år i Moskva, tr. by Trygve Width. Oslo, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1950. 385p.
  • Thalāth Sanawāt fī Mūscū, tr. by Muhammad al-Mu'allim. al-Qāhirah, ΄isa al-Bābī al-Halabi, 1954. 472p.
  • Tre anni a Mosca (1946--1949), tr. by Andrea Zanchi. Milano, Garzanti, 1951. 378p.
  • Trois années à Moscou, 1946-1949. Paris, Plon, 1950. 348p.

Eisenhower's Six Great Decisions: Europe 1944-1945.
(New York, Longmans, Green, 1956, 237p.; Saturday Evening Post in 6 installments 8 June to 13 July 1956.)

Foreign Editions:

  • Eisenhower's zes grote beslissingen. Europa 1944-1945. Voor Nederland bew. door H. J. Kruls. Amsterdam, Van Holkema & Warendorf, 1956.
  • General Eisenhowers sechs grosse Entscheidungen (Europa 1944-1945). Ubertr. aus dem Amerikan von Curt Meyer-Chason. Bern, Scherz, 1956. 292p.

  • Foreword for Louis B. Ely's The Red Army Today. (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Military Service Publishing Co., 1949.)
  • Foreword for Henry Bertram Mayo's Democracy and Marxism. (New York, Oxford University Press, 1955.)
  • Introduction to John Moors Cabot's Toward Our Common American Destiny. (Medford, Mass., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1955.)
  • Introduction to Astolphe Marquis de Dustine's Journey for Our Time, as edited and translated by Phyllis Penn Kohler. (New York, Pellegrini, 1951; Chicago, Regnery, 1959.)
  • Introduction to Edmund Stevens' This Is Russia--Uncensored. (New York, Didier, 1950.)
  • Preface to George Francis Robert Henderson's Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War. (London, New York, Longmans, 1961.)

Articles and Statements

  • Address at the opening of the colonial magazine and guardhouse, Williamsburg, Va., 4 July 1949. (Congressional Record 95, pt. 15: A4430-A4431, 11 July 1949.)
  • Address on maritime training, at the Merchant Marine Academy, 16 July 1949. (Congressional Record 95, pt. 15: A4671, 20 July 1949.)
  • America and Foreign Affairs. (State Government 22:191-193+, August 1949.)
  • America's Primary Interests in Asia: interview. (Department of State Bulletin 31:191-195, 9 August 1954.)
  • Anniversary of the Death of a Bulgarian Patriot. (Department of State Bulletin 31:490, 4 October 1954.)
  • The Base Rights Agreement with Libya. (Department of State Bulletin 31:396-397, 20 September 1954.)
  • Building a Community of Free Nations: address October 20, 1953. (Department of State Bulletin 29:630-632, 9 November 1953.)
  • Building a Cooperative Peace. (Department of State Bulletin 29:463-467, 5 October 1953.)
  • The Cold War, an Audit: interview. (New York Times Magazine, p. 9+, 10 October 1954.)
  • The Davies Record: as told by Patrick J. Hurley, Walter Bedell Smith, Mr. Davies himself, Lyle H. Munson and others. (U. S. News & World Report 35:26-32+, 11 December 1953.)
  • The Day the Germans Gave Up. (Parade, 8 May 1955, p. 17.)
  • Europe as a Bulwark of Peace: address at conference of governors, Colorado Springs, Colo., June 20, 1949. (Department of State Bulletin 21:872-875, 4 July 1949; Congressional Record 95, pt. 15: A4485-A4487, 13 July 1949; revised under title Russia Won't Risk War at Present Time in Vital Speeches 15:696-698, 1 September 1949.)
  • Foreign Policy for the Long Haul: address February 9, 1954. (Department of State Bulletin 30:263-265, 22 February 1954.)
  • General W. B. Smith Meets the Press. (American Mercury 68:697-703, June 1949.)
  • Geneva Conference Begins Discussions on Indochina: texts of statements made in plenary sessions. (Department of State Bulletin 30:783-784, 24 May 1954.)
  • Geneva Conference on Indochina Concluded: statement July 21, 1954. (Department of State Bulletin 31:162, 2 August 1954.)
  • If Geneva Fails: statement May 9, 1954. (U. S. News & World Report 36:85, 21 May 1954.)
  • Has Russian Despotism Changed Much Since the Czars? Extracts from a book suppressed by the Soviets. (U. S. News & World Report, v.47, no. 11:60-64, 104-109, 14 September 1959.)
  • The Importance of Indochina: remarks made April 11, 1954. (Department of State Bulletin 30:589, 19 April 1954.)
  • International Development of Atomic Energy. (Department of State Bulletin 29:330-332, 7 September 1953.)
  • Man Who Would Be Great in Any Language: interview. (U. S. News & World Report 38:52-54, 4 March 1955.)
  • Negotiating Solutions to Today's Problems: address October 2, 1953. (Department of State Bulletin 29:475-479, 12 October 1953; under title Soviet Good Intentions in Vital Speeches 20:80-83, 15 November 1953.)
  • A New Look at Our Foreign Policy: address May 8, 1953. (Department of State Bulletin 28:703-706, 18 May 1953.)
  • No Threats of Force from the U. S.: statement July 21, 1954. (U. S. News & World Report 37:93-94, 30 July 1954; Department of State Bulletin 30:940-944, 20 June 1954.)
  • The Pivotal Conflict Dominating the World: address June 8, 1953.  (Department of State Bulletin 28:874--877, 22 June 1953.)
  • Practicalities of Power. (Department of State Bulletin 28:675-678, 11 May 1953.)
  • Praise for the Foreign Service. (Department of State Bulletin 28:821-822, 8 June 1953.)
  • The President's Proposal for Admission of European Migrants. (Department of State Bulletin 28:857-859, 15 June 1953.)
  • Progress toward Solving Current International Problems: address February 23, 1954. (Department of State Bulletin 30:358-360, 8 March 1954.)
  • A Realistic Review of Foreign Policy Problems: address September 5, 1953. (Department of State Bulletin 29:371-375, 21 September 1953.)
  • The Red Army's No Restraint: interview. Newsweek 45:35, 21 February 1955.)
  • Remarks on behalf of H. R. 2967, the national reserve plan. (Congressional Digest 34:122+, April 1955.)
  • Report to the President March 1, 1957. (U. S. President's Citizens Advisers on the Mutual Security Program.  Washington, USGPO, 1957. 36p.)
  • Request for Extension of UNRWA Program for Palestine Refugees. (Department of State Bulletin 28:822-824, 8 June 1953.)
  • Role of the International Red Cross in War and Peace. (Department of State Bulletin 30:787, 24 May 1954.)
  • Statement on NATO treaties April 7. (Department of State Bulletin 28:628-631, 27 April 1953.)
  • Testimony in support of Voice of America legislation. (Congressional Digest 27:58+, February 1948.)
  • They Knew Zhukov When: interviews with U. S. generals and top military men. (U. S. News & World Report 38:53-57, 4 March 1955.)
  • Thirty-sixth Anniversary of Lithuanian Independence. (Department of State Bulletin 30:320, 1 March 1954.)
  • Understanding U. S. Foreign Policy. (Department of State Bulletin 31:530, 11 October 1954.)
  • U. S. Denounces Planned Destruction of U. N.: statement May 28, 1954. (U. S. News & World Report 36:67-69, 4 June 1954; under title Korean People's Right to Unity and Independence in Department of State Bulletin 30:915-918, 14 June 1954.)
  • U. S. Goals at the Geneva Conference: statement May 9, 1954. (Department of State Bulletin 30:744-745, 17 May 1954.)
  • Nomination of Walter Bedell Smith. Hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the nomination of Walter Bedell Smith to be Under Secretary of State. February 4, 1953. (Washington, USGPO, 1953. 39p.)
  • Testimony of Ambassador Walter Bedell Smith at hearings before a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs concerning H. R. 3342, the United States information and educational exchange act of 1947. May 14, 1947. (Washington, USGPO, 1947. p. 45-71.)
  • Testimony of General Walter Bedell Smith at a hearing before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. October 13, 1952. (Washington, USGPO, 1952. p. 4283-4298.)
  • Testimony of General Walter Bedell Smith at a hearing before the Subcommittee on the Air Force of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Study of air power.April 16-June 1, 1956. (p. 5-20.)
  • Testimony of General Walter Bedell Smith before the special subcommittee on investigations of the Senate Committee on Government Operations. Special Senate investigation of charges and countercharges involving Secretary of the Army Robert R. Stevens, John G. Adams, H. Struve Hensel, Senator Joe McCarthy, Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr. Apri1 22, 1954.(Washington, USGPO, 1954, Pt. 2: 83-89; New York Times p. 16, 23 April 1954.)


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