Born in 1899, Lyman Louis Lemnitzer graduated from West Point in 1920, and achieved the rank of Brigadier General in 1942. During World War II he served on the staff of future President Dwight Eisenhower, contributing his experience as a coastal artillery officer for invasion planning in Africa and Sicily, while also serving as a senior officer on the team that led clandestine negotiations for German and Fascist Italian troops in North Italy to surrender before the main body of Axis forces. After WWII, he trained as a parachutist and command the 11th Airborne Division, and commanded the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. Post-Korea, he continued advancing, serving as Commander of Far East Forces and the Eight Army, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and finally Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His term as Chairman included the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the planning of Operation Northwoods (a plot to stage a Cuban false flag attack on American soil). Later, he would serve as head of European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe; during his tenure the French withdrew from NATO, triggering a massive reorganization and realignment of resources. Retiring in 1969, Lemnitzer held the distinction of being the 2nd longest serving American 4-star General (after William T. Sherman), and the only one to not retire after serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. This plaque, dated 1 May 1960, was presented to Lemnitzer (his name inscribed as "Laman" but otherwise correct) by German Yo Chan Song, then Chief of Staff of the ROK Army and later the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. A committed warfighter nicknamed "Tiger" by his American compatriots, as a politician he would play a major role in the transition of Korea through the First and Second Republic phases and the beginning of the Third. Measuring 27 1/2" tall and 19 1/2" wide, this plaque is adorned with a pair of mother of pearl dragons flanking a ROK emblem and three nickel stars, and adorned with a broad variety of enamel distinctive unit insignias, with a nickel inscription plate at the bottom. With a custom fitted case. The plaque is excellent, the case is fair with wear appropriate to age and international travel.
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