APPROVED FOR RELEASE
CIA HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM
22 SEPT 93
President of the United States takes pride in presenting the National Security Medal to
WALTER BEDELL SMITH
for service as set forth in the
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.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
February 21, 1953
THE WHITE HOUSE
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.
Walter Bedell Smith, U.S.A.,
Director of Central Intelligence,
Smith's Decorations and Service Medals
Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Service Medal (Navy)
War I Victory Medal with three battle clasps
Defense Service Medal
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
War II Victory Medal
of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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 in, Moscow done by General Smith in pencil.
Writings of Walter Bedell Smith
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.)
de schaduw van het Kremlin, tr. by Rufus. Amsterdam, Moussault, 1952. 334p.
men tin varsha. New Delhi, Adhunik Sahitya Prakashan, n. d. 280p. Text in
trana varsha. Bombay, Nutan Sahitya Prakashan, n. d. 292p. A condensed
translation into Gujarati.
tin varshen. New Delhi, Rajakamal, 1952. 301p. Text in Marathi.
drei Jahre in Moskau, [dt.] aus d. Amerik. v. Wern G[erh.] Krug. Hamburg, Hoffmann u. Campe, 1950. 486p.
tre år i Moskva, tr. by Einar Thermaenius and Nils Holmberg. Stockholm, A.
Bonnier, 1950. 290p.
tres años en Moscú. Barcelona, Editorial Mateu, 1950. 267p.
tres años en Moscú. Mexico, Editorial
Matheu Mexicana, 1952. 311p.
Szü k'o Ti Shih Ming; tr. by Wang Yun-wu. Taipei, Hwa Kuo Publishing Service,
mission, 1946-1949. London, Heineman, 1950. 337p./li>
üç yil, tr. by Vahdet Gültekin. Istanbul, Nebioğlu
Yayinevi, 1951. 228p.
no san nen . . . Tokyo, Asahi Shimbun Sha, 1950. 284p.
mystery of the Kremlin. Winnipeg Free Press, 13-19 September 1950. Abridged.
contra Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires, Editorial Pegaso, 1953. 306p.
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.
anni a Mosca (1946--1949), tr. by Andrea Zanchi. Milano, Garzanti, 1951. 378p.
années à Moscou, 1946-1949. Paris, Plon, 1950. 348p.
Six Great Decisions: Europe 1944-1945.(New York, Longmans, Green, 1956, 237p.; Saturday Evening Post in 6
installments 8 June to 13 July 1956.)
zes grote beslissingen. Europa
1944-1945. Voor Nederland bew. door H.
J. Kruls. Amsterdam, Van Holkema & Warendorf, 1956.
Eisenhowers sechs grosse Entscheidungen (Europa 1944-1945). Ubertr. aus dem
Amerikan von Curt Meyer-Chason. Bern, Scherz, 1956. 292p.
for Louis B. Ely's The Red Army Today.
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Military Service Publishing
for Henry Bertram Mayo's Democracy and Marxism. (New York, Oxford University
- Introduction to John Moors Cabot's Toward Our
Common American Destiny. (Medford, Mass., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy,
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.)
to Edmund Stevens' This Is Russia--Uncensored. (New York, Didier, 1950.)
to George Francis Robert Henderson's Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil
War. (London, New York, Longmans, 1961.)
at the opening of the colonial magazine and guardhouse, Williamsburg, Va., 4
July 1949. (Congressional Record 95, pt. 15: A4430-A4431, 11 July 1949.)
on maritime training, at the Merchant Marine Academy, 16 July 1949. (Congressional
Record 95, pt. 15: A4671, 20 July 1949.)
and Foreign Affairs. (State Government
22:191-193+, August 1949.)
Primary Interests in Asia: interview. (Department of State Bulletin 31:191-195,
9 August 1954.)
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
a Community of Free Nations: address October 20, 1953. (Department of State
Bulletin 29:630-632, 9 November 1953.)
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.)
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.)
Policy for the Long Haul: address February 9, 1954. (Department of State
Bulletin 30:263-265, 22 February 1954.)
W. B. Smith Meets the Press. (American
Mercury 68:697-703, June 1949.)
Conference Begins Discussions on Indochina: texts of statements made in plenary
sessions. (Department of State Bulletin 30:783-784, 24 May 1954.)
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
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.)
Importance of Indochina: remarks made April 11, 1954. (Department of State
Bulletin 30:589, 19 April 1954.)
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.)
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.)
New Look at Our Foreign Policy: address May 8, 1953. (Department of State Bulletin 28:703-706, 18
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
of Power. (Department of State Bulletin 28:675-678, 11 May 1953.)
for the Foreign Service. (Department of
State Bulletin 28:821-822, 8 June 1953.)
President's Proposal for Admission of European Migrants. (Department of State
Bulletin 28:857-859, 15 June 1953.)
toward Solving Current International Problems: address February 23, 1954.
(Department of State Bulletin 30:358-360, 8 March 1954.)
Realistic Review of Foreign Policy Problems: address September 5, 1953.
(Department of State Bulletin 29:371-375, 21 September 1953.)
Red Army's No Restraint: interview. Newsweek 45:35, 21 February 1955.)
on behalf of H. R. 2967, the national reserve plan. (Congressional Digest
34:122+, April 1955.)
to the President March 1, 1957. (U. S.
President's Citizens Advisers on the Mutual Security Program. Washington, USGPO, 1957. 36p.)
for Extension of UNRWA Program for Palestine Refugees. (Department of State
Bulletin 28:822-824, 8 June 1953.)
of the International Red Cross in War and Peace. (Department of State Bulletin 30:787, 24 May
on NATO treaties April 7. (Department
of State Bulletin 28:628-631, 27 April 1953.)
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.)
Anniversary of Lithuanian Independence. (Department of State Bulletin 30:320, 1 March 1954.)
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
- U. S.
Goals at the Geneva Conference: statement May 9, 1954. (Department of State
Bulletin 30:744-745, 17
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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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