JFK LETTER TO GENERAL LUCIUS CLAY RELEASED 50 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The White House released a letter written by President John F. Kennedy to United States Army General Lucius D. Clay* 50 years ago today, March 24, 1963.
*Lucius D. Clay, the son of Senator Alexander Stephens Clay, was born in Marietta, Georgia & graduated from West Point in 1918. By 1942, he was the youngest brigadier general in the army.
Clay succeeded Eisenhower as governor of occupied Germany in 1947 & led the Berlin Airlift the following year.
He was a close adviser of President Eisenhower & was instrumental in the National Highway Interstate System & was JFK's personal representative in Berlin in 1961 & 1962.
General Lucius D. Clay
The letter, dated March 22, 1963, came in response to a committee report** on U.S. military & economic assistance programs which General Clay chaired.
**The 25 page report published by the US State Dept. was officially titled "The Scope & Distribution of United States Military & Economic Assistance Programs."
JFK expressed his gratitude for the work of both General Clay as well as his committee.
The President wrote...
"The Committee's...support for properly administering mutual defense & development programs...is very heartening."
JFK expressed satisfaction in "increased emphasis on self-help, better definition of goals, reduction of balance of payments impact & increased emphasis on private investment."
The President went on to say that the recommendations of the committee would be applied.