Office of the Supreme Commander


Dwight D. Eisenhower

(July 13,  1945)


His farewell address



Supreme Allied Commander


Typed document signed and dated by Eisenhower, One page on Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, Office of the Supreme Commander letterhead being Eisenhower's message of this date to the Combined Chiefs of Staff.


IKE'S FINAL MESSAGE AS SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER.  Since May of 1945, General Eisenhower had been serving as commander of United States Occupation Forces in Europe, and in November of that year he would return to Washington to accept appointment as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.  On 13 July 1945, with the Allied victory in the European theater already more than two months past, Eisenhower drafted this final, gracious memorandum to the only military commanders, apart from the President.


This is my final personal messaged submitted as Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces, to the Combined Chiefs of Staff.  Its purpose is to make a record of the lasting appreciation of myself, my Staff and subordinate Commanders, for the staunchness of the support we have received, and the extraordinary degree of confidence that has been unfailingly demonstrated in this command by our Chiefs.  During the three years I have served under the direct control of the Combined Chiefs of Staff I have experienced no single instance in which I have not received the ultimate in consideration and personal and official assistance.  I would be grateful if this expession of my gratitude and appreciation could be conveyed also to the political heads of the two governments who have displayed toward me a similar attitude of trust and confidence.”