Walter Bedell Smith

Walter Bedell Smith

Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith was a senior U.S. Army general who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief-of-staff at Allied Forces Headquarters during the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943. Beginning in the next year, he was General Eisenhower's chief-of-staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe from 1944 through 1945. Smith enlisted as a private in the Indiana National Guard in 1911. In 1917, during World War I, he was commissioned as an officer. He was wounded in the Aisne-Marne Offensive in 1918. After World War I, he was a staff officer and instructor at the U.S. Army Infantry School. In 1941, he became ... more on Wikipedia

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