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    Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed "Harry S. Truman" as President, one page, 7" x 9". The White House, Washington, May 14, 1952. To General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In full: "Among the first birthday letters I received was your thoughtful note of greetings from the United States Air Force and I am writing to tell you how sincerely I appreciate this remembrance on my sixty-eighth anniversary. You know, of course, that you have my sincerest good wishes for a complete and speedy recovery from your operation." In a handwritten postscript, the President adds "Hurry up and get well. We need you and your advice badly." General Vandenberg was only 55 when he died of prostate cancer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center less than two years later. President Truman celebrated his 68th birthday on May 8th. Truman had appointed Vandenberg Director of Central Intelligence (1946), Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force with a 4th Star (1947), and Chief of Staff (1948). Vandenberg was renominated as Chief of Staff by President Truman on March 6, 1952, and served until June 30, 1953. This letter, bearing 12 words in the President's holograph, is in very fine condition.

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