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20238 US Secretary of Defense Richard Lovett
Signed and inscribed 11X 14” mint silver print
of Lovett inscribed to Colonel Westlake. In
awarding Lovett the Distinguished Service
Medal in September 1945, President Harry
Truman wrote, "He has truly been the eyes,
ears and hands of the Secretary of War in
respect to the growth of that enormous
American air power which has astonished the
world and played such a large part in bringing
the war to a speedy and successful conclusion."
President Truman refused to accept the
resignation of Lovett when he gave his
resignation in September 1945. On October
22, 1945, Secretary of War Robert Patterson
created the Lovett Committee, chaired by
Robert Lovett, to advise the government on the
post-World War II organization of US
intelligence activities, which led to the creation
of the CIA.  In 1963, he received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, with
Distinction. $100