The Honorable John J. McCloy Receives Thayer Award

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For more than forty-five years as soldier, lawyer, banker, statesman, John J. McCloy has advanced his country’s welfare in peace and in war by his outstanding leadership.

As an officer serving in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, as the Assistant Secretary of War during World War II, as President of the World Bank, as United States Military Governor and High Commissioner for Germany making a great personal contribution to the transition of an enemy to a great ally, as an advisor to the United Nations on Suez Canal Problems, as Chairman of The Chase Manhattan Bank and The Ford Foundation, as an advisor to the President of the United States on Disarmament, as Chairman of the Coordinating Committee of the United States Government during the Cuban Crisis, and as a responsible participant in national and international high policy-making, this distinguished citizen has long served his country and mankind outstandingly in the highest positions of responsibility.

By his unswerving and devoted Duty to his Country, he has greatly enhanced its Honor and strength. Accordingly, the 1963 Sylvanus Thayer Medal is hereby awarded by the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy to John J. McCloy.

Thayer Award

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.”
The Sylvanus Thayer Award is funded by a generous endowment from E. Doug Kenna ’45 and his wife, Jean.

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