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Citation Accompanying the Distinguished Service Medal Presented to General Maxwell D. Taylor.

June 30, 1959

[Text read by Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, White House staff Secretary ]

The President of the United States of America presents the Distinguished Service Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) to:



for exceptionally meritorious service as set forth in the following:


For exceptionally meritorious service and distinguished achievement as Chief of Staff, United States Army, from 30 June 1955 to 30 June 1959. In this position of great responsibility, General Taylor demonstrated outstanding professional competence, selfless devotion to duty, and leadership of a high order. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advising the President and the Secretary of Defense on matters of the greatest consequence to the nation's security, he has brought his wide experience and deep insight to bear on the deliberations of that body. He has made a major contribution to the work of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in providing for the strengthening of unified planning and operational direction of the Armed Forces. Within the Army, he has with foresight and determination put into effect far-reaching new concepts of military organization and devoted great effort to the modernization of the Army and to the readiness of Army forces as a powerful and effective component of our military establishment. Dedicated to the advancement of mutual security of the community of free nations, General Taylor has made an outstanding contribution to the high degree of combat readiness of other armies of the Free World. In the performance of his duties, General Taylor has rendered service of the highest value to the nation and has reflected great credit upon himself and our Armed Forces.


Note: The President was presented at the ceremony held in the Conference Room at the White House.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Citation Accompanying the Distinguished Service Medal Presented to General Maxwell D. Taylor. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235087

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