Letter to General Eisenhower Thanking Him for His Services as Presiding Officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
My dear General Eisenhower:
When I asked you, last February, to serve temporarily as presiding officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you responded like the good soldier you are. I know how greatly this assignment disrupted your plans, and I want you to know how much I appreciate all that you have done, as well as all that you will do in the future as a consultant and adviser.
The Chiefs have made outstanding progress since you became their presiding officer. This progress has come about because of two principal factors: the great effort you have put into the job, and the high regard for your objectivity and impartiality which all of the Chiefs have--a regard which all of them have mentioned to me on a number of occasions.
The nation is extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of this most recent service by you. As President of the United States and as Commander-in-Chief, I want to thank you for a difficult job well done.
HARRY S. TRUMAN
[General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, President, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.]
Note: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower served as presiding officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from February 11, 1949, through August 11, 1949.
Harry S Truman, Letter to General Eisenhower Thanking Him for His Services as Presiding Officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/229855