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Manhattan Project Groves Applauded by Military Order

Lot 0088 Details

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Groves Leslie Manhattan Project Groves Applauded by Military Order
  Autograph Letter Signed, to Leslie R. Groves Jr., July 4, 1951. On "The Military Order of the World Wars" stationery. 1 p., 8.5" x 11".  Includes printed invitation to membership for Groves and list of "Life and Perpetual Members / New York Chapter—The Military Order of the World Wars." Very good.
  Excerpts
"The Military Order of the World Wars has proudly and unanimously elected you a Life Member. You will never be required to pay any dues or fees whatsoever. We keenly hope you will accept the Life Membership."
  Historical Background
Created in 1919 by General of the Armies John J. Pershing, the Military Order of the World War was a fraternity for American military officers. In 1945, the Order changed its name to the Military Order of the World Wars. It continues as an officers' society with members from subsequent wars and peacetime service.
 
  Charles Hann (1888-1957) was born in Alabama and graduated from Harvard University in 1911. He received a law degree from Columbia University in 1915 and was admitted to the New York bar that same year. He served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919, advancing to the rank of lieutenant commander. He was an "unusually dynamic" Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the World Wars from 1942 to 1943.
  Leslie R. Groves Jr. (1896-1970) was a United States Army General with the Corps of Engineers who oversaw the construction of the Pentagon and directed the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. Born in New York to a Protestant pastor who became an army chaplain, Groves graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1918 in a course shortened because of World War I. He entered the Corps of Engineers and gained promotions to major by 1940. In 1941, he was charged with overseeing the construction of the Pentagon, the largest office building in the world, with more than five million square feet. Disappointed that he had not received a combat assignment, Groves instead took charge of the Manhattan Project, designed to develop an atomic bomb. He continued nominally to supervise the Pentagon project to avoid suspicion, gained promotion to brigadier general, and began his work in September 1942. The project headquarters was initially in the War Department building in Washington, but in August 1943, moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He and physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer selected the site in Los Alamos, New Mexico, for a laboratory, and Groves pushed successfully for Oppenheimer to be placed in charge. Groves was in charge of obtaining critical uranium ores internationally and collecting military intelligence on Axis atomic research. Promoted to major general in March 1944, Groves received the Distinguished Service Medal for his work on the Manhattan Project after the war. In 1947, Groves became chief of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. He received a promotion to lieutenant general in January 1948, just days before meeting with Army Chief of Staff Dwight D. Eisenhower, who reviewed a long list of complaints against Groves. Assured that he would not become Chief of Engineers, Groves retired in February 1948. From 1948 to 1961, he was a vice president of Sperry Rand, an equipment and electronics firm. After retirement, he served as president of the West Point alumni association and wrote a book on the Manhattan Project, published in 1962.
Ex. Leslie Groves Family, Christies Auction.

 
 

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Groves Leslie Manhattan Project Groves Applauded by Military Order
  Autograph Letter Signed, to Leslie R. Groves Jr., July 4, 1951. On "The Military Order of the World Wars" stationery. 1 p., 8.5" x 11".  Includes printed invitation to membership for Groves and list of "Life and Perpetual Members / New York Chapter—The Military Order of the World Wars." Very good.
  Excerpts
"The Military Order of the World Wars has proudly and unanimously elected you a Life Member. You will never be required to pay any dues or fees whatsoever. We keenly hope you will accept the Life Membership."
  Historical Background
Created in 1919 by General of the Armies John J. Pershing, the Military Order of the World War was a fraternity for American military officers. In 1945, the Order changed its name to the Military Order of the World Wars. It continues as an officers' society with members from subsequent wars and peacetime service.
 
  Charles Hann (1888-1957) was born in Alabama and graduated from Harvard University in 1911. He received a law degree from Columbia University in 1915 and was admitted to the New York bar that same year. He served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919, advancing to the rank of lieutenant commander. He was an "unusually dynamic" Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the World Wars from 1942 to 1943.
  Leslie R. Groves Jr. (1896-1970) was a United States Army General with the Corps of Engineers who oversaw the construction of the Pentagon and directed the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. Born in New York to a Protestant pastor who became an army chaplain, Groves graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1918 in a course shortened because of World War I. He entered the Corps of Engineers and gained promotions to major by 1940. In 1941, he was charged with overseeing the construction of the Pentagon, the largest office building in the world, with more than five million square feet. Disappointed that he had not received a combat assignment, Groves instead took charge of the Manhattan Project, designed to develop an atomic bomb. He continued nominally to supervise the Pentagon project to avoid suspicion, gained promotion to brigadier general, and began his work in September 1942. The project headquarters was initially in the War Department building in Washington, but in August 1943, moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He and physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer selected the site in Los Alamos, New Mexico, for a laboratory, and Groves pushed successfully for Oppenheimer to be placed in charge. Groves was in charge of obtaining critical uranium ores internationally and collecting military intelligence on Axis atomic research. Promoted to major general in March 1944, Groves received the Distinguished Service Medal for his work on the Manhattan Project after the war. In 1947, Groves became chief of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. He received a promotion to lieutenant general in January 1948, just days before meeting with Army Chief of Staff Dwight D. Eisenhower, who reviewed a long list of complaints against Groves. Assured that he would not become Chief of Engineers, Groves retired in February 1948. From 1948 to 1961, he was a vice president of Sperry Rand, an equipment and electronics firm. After retirement, he served as president of the West Point alumni association and wrote a book on the Manhattan Project, published in 1962.
Ex. Leslie Groves Family, Christies Auction.

 
 

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