Walter Bedell Smith

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Walter Bedell Smith
Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith
Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith
Bijnaam "Beetle"
Geboren 5 oktober 1895
Indianapolis, Indiana, Verenigde Staten
Overleden 9 augustus 1961
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C., Verenigde Staten
Begraven Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, Verenigde Staten, Sectie 7
Religie Rooms Katholiek
Land/partij Vlag van Verenigde Staten Verenigde Staten
Onderdeel Flag of the United States Army.svg United States Army
Dienstjaren 19111953
Rang US-O10 insignia.svg General
Eenheid 39 Inf Rgt DUI.gif 39th Infantry Regiment (United States)
2 Inf Rgt DUI.png 2nd Infantry Regiment (United States)
Leiding over 1st US Armored Division SSI.svg 1st Armored Division (United States)
SHAEF Shoulder Patch.svg Chef staf van SHAEF
Slagen/oorlogen Eerste Wereldoorlog

Tweede Wereldoorlog

Onderscheidingen Zie Decoraties
Ander werk U.S. Ambassadeur in Sovjet-Unie (1946 - 1949)
Directeur van de CIA (7 oktober 1950 – 9 februari 1953)[1]

Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (5 oktober 18959 augustus 1961) was een Amerikaans militair, de chef-staf van Dwight D. Eisenhower in de Tweede Wereldoorlog, inlichtingenofficier en later ambassadeur voor de Verenigde Staten in de Sovjet-Unie.

Militaire loopbaan[bewerken]

US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant, United States Army: 27 november 1917[2]
US-O2 insignia.svg Tijdelijk First Lieutenant, United States Army: 10 september 1918[2]
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant, United States Army: 1 juli 1920[2]
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain, United States Army: 24 september 1929[2][3]
US-O4 insignia.svg Major, United States Army: 1 januari 1939[2][4]
US-O5 insignia.svg Tijdelijk Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army: april 1941[2]
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army: mei 1941[2]
US-O6 insignia.svg Tijdelijk Colonel, United States Army: juli 1941[2]
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel, United States Army: 30 augustus 1941[5]
US-O7 insignia.svg Tijdelijk Brigadier General, United States Army: februari 1942[2]
US-O8 insignia.svg Tijdelijk Major General, United States Army: november 1942[2]
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General, United States Army: 13 januari 1944[1][6]
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General, United States Army: augustus 1945[2]
US-O10 insignia.svg General, United States Army: 1 juli 1951[2][7]

Decoraties[bewerken]

U.S. militaire decoraties
ArmDRib.png Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army) with two Oak Leaf Clusters (3 x)
Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal (US Navy)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
U.S. militaire services medailles
World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I Victory Medal (United States) with three battle Clasps
American Defense Service ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven Service Stars
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal (United States)
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Army of Occupation Medal with "Germany" clasp
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
U.S. niet-militaire decoraties
National Security Medal
Buitenlandse decoraties
BEL Kroonorde Grootkruis BAR.svg Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
Croix de Guerre 1940-1945 with palm (Belgium) - ribbon bar.png Croix de Guerre with Palm
Order of Military Merit.png Grand Cross in the Order of Military Merit
CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross in the Order of Merit
TCH Rad Bileho Lva 1 tridy (pre1990) BAR.svg Commander in the Order of the White Lion
Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945 Ribbon.png Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945
Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Grand Officier in the Legion of Honour
CroixdeGuerreFR-BronzePalm.png Croix de guerre 1914-1918 with Palm
Croix de guerre 1939-1945 with palm (France) - ribbon bar.png Croix de guerre 1939–1945 with Palm
Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath[6]
Order BritEmp rib.png Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
LUX Order of the Oak Crown - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross in the Order of the Oak Crown
Grand Cross of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite ribbon.png Grand Cross in the Order of Ouissam Alaouite
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
POL Virtuti Militari Srebrny BAR.svg Silver Cross in the Virtuti Militari
POL Polonia Restituta Komandorski ZG BAR.svg Commander's Cross with Star in the Order of Polonia Restituta
POL Order Krzyża Grunwaldu 2 Klasy BAR.svg 2nd Class in the Order of the Cross of Grunwald
Ordre du Nichan Iftikhar GC ribbon (Tunisia).svg Grand Cross in the Order of Glory
Order kutuzov1 rib.png 1st Class in the Order of Kutuzov
Bronnen, noten en/of referenties
  • Crosswell, D. K. R.. The Chief of Staff: The Military Career of General Walter Bedell Smith. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. 1991, ISBN 0-313-27480-0. OCLC 22273487
  • Montague, Ludwell Lee. General Walter Bedell Smith as Director of Central Intelligence October 1950 – February 1953. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University. 1992, ISBN 0-271-00750-8.