WWII Five Star Generals Signature Collage

This is a collage featuring signatures of all of the American five star generals. The collage includes signed and inscribed photographs by Omar Bradley, Henry H. Arnold, and Douglas MacArthur, a signed free frank envelope by George C. Marshall, and a signed invitation by Dwight D. Eisenhower. This collage is an impressive testament to the U.S. military, featuring the only men to ever obtain the very senior rank of five stars.

At top center is a black and white photograph of General Douglas MacArthur, signed and inscribed in black ink. The inscription reads, “To Colonel Shaw with best wishes Douglas MacArthur.” For more than 60 years, General Douglas MacArthur served his country as a soldier. He achieved the highest acclaim for his exploits as a grand strategist in WWII, commanding the Southwest Pacific Theater and in Korea, and leading the United Nations forces during the first nine months of the conflict. MacArthur also held the center stage in one of the most bitter civil versus military controversies in the history of the nation. 

At middle right is a free frank envelope, signed by George C. Marshall. The envelope cover was sent by General George C. Marshall in Nanking, China, and contains his signature on the upper left, just above four-star rank. The cover was sent to Mr. John Larson in Brooklyn, New York, and was postmarked and dated June 17, 1946. A portrait of Marshall is above his signed envelope.

The franking privilege, which allows Members of Congress to transmit mail under their signature without postage, has existed in the United States since the first Continental Congress of 1774. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the franking privilege served a fundamental democratic role, allowing members of Congress to convey information about the operations of government and policy matters before Congress. The privilege was also extended to and from the commander in chief of the armies of the United States, commanders of a separate army, and to and from the heads of the Departments of Finance, of War, and of Foreign Affairs.

Considered one of the most respected military officers in U.S. history, George C. Marshall never actually commanded any troops in battle. His fame comes from his impactful plans and his stellar performance in tasks a modern officer must perform, his diplomacy, and policy-making skills. Marshall served as a Staff Officer in WWI then was appointed Chief of Staff at the beginning of WWII. Despite assisting in the formation of Operation Overlord plans to invade Normandy, Marshall was held back at Washington by President Roosevelt because he considered Marshall one of his most valuable resources. After the end of WWII, Marshall developed the Marshall Plan to aid the recovering Western Europe and attempt to protect it from Communism. President Truman asked Marshall to serve as the Secretary of Defense as the Korean War began and his reputation as a competent leader and good character earned him a spot in American history. 

At middle left is a signed invitation to the April 7, 1947 Army Day Dinner, honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. This invitation has been signed by Eisenhower diagonally across the text of the invitation.A portrait of Eisenhower is framed above his invitation. Later becoming the 34th president of the U.S., Dwight D. Eisenhower first played a major role in ensuring the Allied victory in WWII. He was appointed Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Most notably, Eisenhower planned and carried out the successful Allied invasion of Normandy that definitively turned the tide in WWII, as well as the invasion of North Africa. In 1948, Eisenhower left active duty and started on a civilian path that would eventually lead him to the White House. 

At bottom right is a signed head and shoulders portrait of General Omar Bradley. Bradley’s inscription at the bottom of his photo reads, “To Mr. Harold R.  Moskovit, Omar N Bradley.” Harold Moskovit was the State President of the Affiliated Young Democrats of New York. Omar Bradley led more combat troops than any other field commander in American history. The general was considered "the soldiers' general— modest, industrious, above intrigue, the skilled tactician and strategist…” (Drew Middleton, New York Times). Bradley led the U.S. First Army during Operation Overlord as Allied forces stormed the beach of Normandy then planned Operation Cobra that ended with the invasion into Germany. Before he retired, Bradly served the nation as the First Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and remains one of the most notable U.S. Army generals to date. 

At bottom left is a black and white, head and shoulders portrait of General Henry H. Arnold. The photograph is signed and inscribed in the lower border in black fountain pen, "To Mr. Lionel A. Aucoin, with best wishes of H. H. Arnold.” General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold was the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force and was instrumental in the planning of aerial attacks against Japan and the daylight bombings raids on Germany in WWII. He was heavily involved with and developed many of the strategic decisions made during WWII. Instructed by the Wright Brothers, Arnold’s pilot career led him to eventually help create the world’s most impressive Air Force. 

CONDITION: 

Douglas MacArthur: A black and white photographic print. Signed and inscribed in the lower right corner, in black ink “To Colonel Shaw with best wishes Douglas MacArthur.” In good condition, save a horizontal crease.  

George C. Marshall: A free frank envelope. Signed and sent by General George C. Marshall upper left corner, in black ink. Sent from Nanking, China. Typed address at center, addressed to Mr. John Larson in Brooklyn, New York. Stamped and postmarked June 17, 1946 Washington D.C. Signature is distinctive and in very good condition. Envelope is additional inscribed “Free” in the upper left corner, in lieu of a stamp. Very good condition. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower: A printed invitation to the April 7, 1947 Army Day Dinner honoring Eisenhower. Signed by Eisenhower diagonally across the text of the invitation in the lower right corner, in black ink. The invitation has a few light smudges on the front and evidence of adhesive on the reverse. Good condition overall. 

Omar Bradley: Black and white photograph. Signed and inscribed at the bottom of the photograph, in black ink, “To Mr. Harold R. Moskovit, Omar N Bradley.” In good condition. Inscription is lightly faded but still legible. 

Henry H. Arnold: Matte-finish, black and white photograph. Signed and inscribed in the bottom margin, in black ink, "To Mr. Lionel A. Aucoin, with best wishes of H. H. Arnold.” In fine condition, with a crease to the lower right corner. Lightly faded ink. 

All signed items are archivally mounted and framed in a custom-built frame with acid-free bottom and top mats, UV Conservation Clear plexiglas, a five star insignia, and a custom plaque. 

Framed Dimensions: 40" H x 40" W x 2" D




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