American Valor Quarterly Issue 3 - Summer 2008 - Page 17

Principled Leadership The Inaugural Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture General Andrew J. Goodpaster is one of the U.S. Military’s towering figures of the 20th century. A recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star for valor during World War II, he would go on to serve as staff secretary for President Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and Superintendent of West Point. He was universally admired for his intellect, devotion to duty, fairness, and sense of decency. Despite his battlefield heroics and rise through the ranks, General Goodpaster was at heart a scholar. Having earned graduate degrees in Engineering and International Affairs from Princeton, Goodpaster was most proud of his scholarly achievements, and was often regarded as the epitome of the “soldier-scholar.” I read once that a biographer should show rather than tell. I have always liked show and tell. In these remarks I will try to mostly show. In these examples of principled leadership you will find qualities I am sure you expect—integrity, courage (both physical and moral), decency, selflessness and reliability among them. But there are other attributes, perhaps less often thought of in connection with warriors, that are also part of the story. These include compassion, kindness, consideration and sensitivity. Goodpaster First, then, to Andrew J. Goodpaster, whose lifetime of dedication and service has inspired this memorial. He got off to a good start, graduating second in his 456-man West Point Class of 1939, which was itself one of West Point’s most distinguished, rising quickly as young officers during World War II and thereafter serving at very significant levels for many years. From its founding, General Goodpaster was a strong supporter of the World War II Veterans Committee and the American Veterans Center until his passing in 2005. His advice in those early years helped ensure that the Center would not merely survive, but thrive, and we owe him a debt that can never be repaid. To honor his General Goodpaster’s intellect made him a legacy, the Center inaugurated the Andrew J. natural for the Corps of Engineers, in which General Andrew J. Goodpaster as Goodpaster Prize and Lecture in 2007, honoring he was commissioned upon graduation, and in achievements of other “soldier-scholars.” Made Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. it he proved as brave as he was brainy, earning possible by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, this prize the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and two Purple and lecture is our way of spotlighting the finest in military Hearts while leading a combat engineer battalion through desperate scholarship and honoring one of our military’s most noble soldiers, fighting in Italy. helping to ensure that his legacy will live on. After the war he earned a Ph.D. at Princeton. His “utilization” The inaugural Goodpaster Prize was presented to Dr. Lewis tour for that schooling was four years at SHAPE (Supreme Sorley. A 1956 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, his service Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe). A well-known journalist, included leadership of tank and armored cavalry units in Germany with perhaps only a little hyperbole, observed that as a colonel and Vietnam. He retired a lt. colonel and has gone on to write Goodpaster was given a blank sheet of paper and told to create several books, including Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson NATO. Colonel Goodpaster did in fact personally draft General and the Ethics of Command, Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and Order Number 1 by which the newly activated SHAPE assumed the Army of His Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated A Better operational control of allied forces dedicated to defense of War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Western Europe. He also became a close associate of and a trusted Years in Vietnam. His recent work Honor Bright: History and Origins aide to Dwight Eisenhower, subsequently serving him as staff of the West Point Honor Code and System was released in July 2008. secretary throughout the Eisenhower presidency. General Goodpaster’s long tenure in that key position stemmed from the The American Veterans Center congratulates Dr. Sorley on his universal perception that he was an honest broker, a man to be outstanding work, and is proud to print his remarks, delivered trusted, one who was invariably fair and discreet and who had on December 11, 2007 in Washington, DC. the total confidence of the President. I am grateful for this opportunity to talk with you about a topic of great contemporary relevance. That topic is principled leadership. I will begin with General Andrew J. Good