1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 10, 2022 10:45 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking identification of Generals in photograph

    Randy Chambers Newbie

      In this photo of President Eisenhower and Generals Bradley and Vandenburg, who is the additional General on the left?


      Generals Eisenhower, Vandenburg, Bradley and ?

        • Re: Seeking identification of Generals in photograph
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Chambers,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Military Personnel, Defense Department and Other Government Officials, Royalty, and Heads of State in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) that include the photograph Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson and Joint Chiefs of Staff which also depicts these same four flag officers with Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on May 25, 1949. This photo has  been digitized and is available using the Catalog. The individual that you are inquiring about is identified as Admiral Louis Denfeld, Chief of Naval Operations.


          Additional photographs of Admiral Denfeld are available on the Truman Library website. For more information, please contact the Harry S. Truman Library (LP-HST) at truman.reference@nara.gov. For additional information about  photographs of Dwight D. Eisenhower, please contact the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (LP-DDE) at eisenhower.library@nara.gov.


          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from LP-HST and LP-DDE.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          We also located brief biographies of Admiral Denfeld on the websites of the Naval History and Heritage Command and the US Naval Academy.


          According to the article “The  Role and Influence of the Chairman: A Short History” published by the Joint History Office Office of the Director, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dwight D. Eisenhower briefly served as acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during 1949 and attended 24 meetings from February 1949 through June 1949.


          Additionally, we located a very similar photograph dated April 13, 1949 on the Facebook channel of the Truman Little White House Museum that depicts the same individuals in a similar pose at the same table. It identifies the location as being the lawn of the Little White House at Key West, Florida. According to the museum’s 2010 Foundation Report, General Eisenhower hosted meetings at the Little White House in Key West to hammer out working agreements between the military services to implement the Key West Accords. The report includes another photograph of Eisenhower dated April 13, 1949 which has the same building in the background as the one in the photograph about which you are inquiring.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!