Walter Bedell Smith
Walter B. Smith2
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Basic Information
Born 5 October, 1895
place/birth Indianapolis, Marion County,
Died 9 August, 1961 (aged 65)
Place/death Walter Reed Army Hospital,
Washington, D.C.
Cause/death Myocardial infarction (Heart attack)
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Alma mater
Nickname Beetle
Nationality European American
Military Info
Allegiance 40px United States of America
Branch 40px United States Army

Service #

Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Position Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Military Career
[[File: [[]] 00.00.0000 00.00.0000
Infantry School Student Officer,
Advanced Course
Captain Fort Benning, Georgia 03.00.1931 06.00.1932
Infantry School Instructor Captain Fort Benning, Georgia 06.00.1932 00.00.1933
Command and General Staff School Student Officer Captain Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 00.00.1934 00.00.1935
Army War College Student Officer Captain Washington Barracks 00.00.1936 00.00.1937
War Department General Staff Assistant to the Secretary
of the General Staff
Washington, D.C. 09.00.1939 08.31.1941
War Department General Staff Secretary of the General Staff Brigadier General Washington, D.C. 08.31.1941 02.03.1942
Combined Chiefs-of-Staff /
Joint Chiefs-of-Staff
Secretary Brigadier General Washington, D.C. 02.00.1942 00.00.0000
[[File: Allied Force Headquarters Chief of Staff Brigadier General
Major General
Africa (various) 09.15.1942 00.00.0000
[[File: Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Chief of Staff Major General
Lieutenant General
Europe (various) 02.14.1944 07.14.1945
United States Ambassador
to the Soviet Union
Lieutenant General Russia 04.03.1946 12.25.1948
[[File: First Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Fort Jay, New York 03.29.1949 09.30.1950
[[File: Central Intelligence Agency 4th Director of Central
Lieutenant General
Langley, Virginia 10.07.1950 02.09.1953
Civilian Career

Dates of RankEdit

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2 Oakleaf) Army Distinguished Service Medal
(Two oaf leaf clusters)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart Purple Heart
Non-Military Decorations
National Security Medal National Security Medal
Service/Campaign Medals
Mexican Border Service Medal Mexican Border Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal (3 Stars) World War I Victory Medal
(Three campaign clasps)
Army of Occupation of Germany Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
American Defense Service Medal American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (7 stars) European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
(Seven Service Stars)
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal
(Germany Clasp)
National Defense Service Medal National Defense Service Medal
Identification Badges
Army Staff Identification Badge
Other Accoutrements
Foreign Personal Decorations
Order of the Crown, Grand Cross (Belgium) (Palm) Belgian Order of the Crown (Grand Cross; Palm)
Cross of War 1940-1945 (palm) Belgian Cross of War 1940-1945 (Palm)
Order of Military Merit (Brazil) Brazilian Order of Military Merit (Grand Cross)
Order of Merit, Grand Cross (Chile) Chilean Order of Merit (Grand Cross)
Order of the White Lion (II Class) Order of the White Lion (II Class)
War Cross 1939-1945 (Czech) Czech War Cross 1939-1945
Legion of Honour (Grand Officer) French Legion of Honour (Grand Officer)
Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (Palm) French Cross of War 1914-1918 (Palm)
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, palm French Cross of War 1939-1945 (Palm)
Order of the Bath British Order of the Bath (Knight Commander)
Order of the British Empire British Order of the British Empire (Knight Commander)
Order of the Oak Crown (Grand Cross) Luxembourg Order of the Oak Crown (Grand Officer)
Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite (Grand Cross) (Present version) Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite (Grand Officer)
Order of the Netherlands Lion Dutch Order of the Netherlands Lion (Knight Grand Officer)
Order of Polonia Restituta Polish Order of Rebirth of Poland (II Class)
Virtuti Militari (Poland) Polish Order of Virtuti Militari (Silver Cross)
POLISH Order of the Cross of Grunwald Polish Cross of Grunwald (II Class)
TUNISIAN Order of Glory Tunisian Order of Glory
Order of Kutuzov Soviet Order of Kutuzov (I Class)


World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War




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