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Briefing the Generals

Briefing the Generals

Elliott Smyzer briefing generals Macarthur and Eisenhower on an airstrip. I'd LOVE to know what the context of this photo was and where it was taken.

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Thats the Grandfather of my son

Yes it is them, and Elliott Smyzer is the grandfather of my son. If you would like the story of the pic, email me and I will connect you with his son who has this photo enlarged and on the wall!

[Elliott is your father? Your father-in-law? - Dave]

I don't care who those guys are.....

But that guy in the middle has some cowrazy camooflage going on.


The Serial 37864 translates into 53-7864; it was a C-119G "Flying Boxcar" that was sent to the Chinese Nationalist AF in 1966. thanks to jbauger serial list

I say, not Eisenhower

John Eisenhower was in the Army, not the Air Force. And the two men on the right are definitely Air Force generals -- they have lightning bolts in the scrambled eggs on the brims of their hats.

He sure looks like an Eisenhower, though.

I hate to disagree

I hate to disagree with Dave (because he can usually prove me to be wrong) but if he's identifying the officer next to Captain Smyzer as John Eisenhower he's wrong for one simple reason - John Eisenhower retired as a Brigadier General (one star) in the Army Reserve. There's only one Brigadier General in the photo, the dark haired Air Force General at our far right. Both he and the General who bears a strong resemblance to Ike are Air Force officers (wings on the left side of their jackets, plus the rather distinctive Air Force "scrambled eggs" that have lightning bolts as part of the motif and are know as "farts and darts" - thank you Wikipedia). From our right to left are Major Clay (no farts & darts on his cap - they kick in at Lt. Colonel), a Major or Lt. Colonel in the 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagle shoulder patch), Captain Smyzer (also 101st Airborne), the Air Force Major General resembling Ike and the Air Force Brigadier General (with no ribbons).

[I was guessing. I am sure we will figure it out! - Dave]

That's not MacArthur and Eisenhower

The dark uniforms are USAF, probably early to mid 60's. None of the services used name tags before that time although General/flag officers still don't. Ike wasn't an Air Force command pilot and the dude in shades looks to be a major or light colonel, not the proper rank for MacArthur. The C-123 in the background is not of WW-II vintage either. Not sure who Capt Smyzer was, but if he met those illustrious generals, it wasn't captured in this picture!

[That is Eisenhower -- Ike's son John. Maybe at Colorado Springs or in Alaska? - Dave]

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