Tan Visor cap for this general who served as a general officer for over 4 decades.
This tan visor cap was the personal property of General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, and has his calling card taped within the cap on the crown lining. The cap is made by Luxenberg, with labels in the lining and on the sweatband.
The summer tan cap is in fine condition and has just a few areas of very minor mothing. The hat was worn Circa 1950s or earlier to WWII era. The original leather chinstrap and rear strap are in excellent condition.
The card within the lining reads, “General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, United States Army.” Hat size is approximately 7 1/4+.
General Lemnitzer’s cap was purchased at a 2007 Alderfer Auction in Pennsylvania along with a very large portion of his estate, of which this item was a part.
Included in this lot, is a small government issue vehicle 48 star flag, made of wool bunting, sewn on stars, and two small brass grommets. Within the sleeve on the hoist are leather mounting straps to a pole or post. (18×29). In new like condition. This is also another Alderfer purchase in same auction.
Lyman L. Lemnitzer, born in Pennsylvania in1889, and graduated from West Point in 1920. Lemnitzer made Brigadier General in June of 1842, commanding the 34th Coast Artillery Brigade. Soon after his was appointed to Eisenhower’s Allied Forces headquarters, and had a large roll in the planning of Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa in November of ’42. He was promoted to major general in 1944. Later during the war, along with a British brigadier general, held secret negotiations with the top German SS leader Karl Wolff, to bring about the surrender of the German army in Italy in 1945.
In 1950, at 51 years of age under went parachute training. He took command of the 11th Airborne Division followed with command of the 7th Army in Korea. In 1952, Lemnitzer was promoted to lieutenant general.
Lemnitzer was named commander of the US Army Forces in the Far East in 1955 with the rank of full general. Named as Chief of Staff of the Army in 1957, was soon appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Sept. of 1960. In this office he was involved in the Bay of Pigs during the Kennedy Administration. He approved the plans known as Operation Northwoods in 1962 which ultimately, through discrediting the Castro regime, and through “false flag acts of terrorism, would bring military action against Cuba. The plan was eventually denied, and would loss favor in the Kennedy Administration. Lemnitzer was denied another term as the JCS chairmanship.
Following this affair, he was appointed as commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, and stayed in command there until 1966.
General Lemnitzer retired in 1969, and had held 4 star rank for 14 years. He had been a general officer covering 4 decades. He passed away in 1988, as laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
A great cap and flag worn and used by a great 20th Century American General from WWII through to Viet Nam.
USPS Priority Mail $17.00