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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clovis E. Byers papers
    Dates: 1917-1961
    Collection number: 64016
    Creator: Byers, Clovis E., 1899-1973
    Collection Size: 47 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 envelopes, 4 album boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 motion picture film reel, 1 phonotape reel (28 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, diaries, speeches and writings, clippings, personnel records, and audiovisual material, relating to the Pacific Theater during World War II, the Army of Occupation in Japan, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization command in Europe.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copiesof audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Clovis E. Byers papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired by the Hoover Insitution Archives in 1964


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1899 November 5 Born, Columbus, Ohio
    1917-1918 Attended Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    1920 Graduated from West Point and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Cavalry
    1920-1921 Student, Cavalry School
    1923-1924 Student, Signal School
    1925 Promoted to First Lieutenant
    1930-1931 Student, Special Advanced Equitation Course, Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kansas
    1931-1932 Served with 8th Cavalry Regiment
    1932-1933 Commanding officer, Cadet Company, United States Military Academy
    1935 Promoted to Captain
    1940 Promoted to Major
    1941 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (temporary)
    1942 Promoted to Colonel and Brigadier General (temporary). Awarded Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart
    1943 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
    1944 Awarded Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Silver and Bronze Star, and Air Medal
    1945 Promoted to Major General (temporary), United States Army. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal and Second Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star
    1946 Awarded Military Merit Medal
    1947 Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBS)
    1948 Promoted to Brigadier General, United States Army. Awarded Oak-Leaf Cluster to Legion of Merit and French Legion of Honor Officer Rank
    1952 Promoted to Major General, United States Army
    1954-1955 Deputy Commandant, National War College, Washington, D.C.
    1955 Promoted to Lieutenant General, United States Army
    1955-1957 Commandant, NATO Defense College, Paris
    1957-1959 Special Assistant to the Defense Secretary
    1958 President, Alumni Association, National War College, Washington, D.C.
    1959 Retired from the United States Army
    1973 December 13 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Clovis E. Byers Papers, acquired in 1964, consist of correspondence, memoranda, diaries, speeches and writings, clippings, personnel records, and audio-visual material, relating to the Pacific Theater during World War II, the Army of Occupation in Japan, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization command in Europe.
    The Correspondence, identified as Byers' personal file, includes official correspondence, letters exchanged with friends and colleagues in the military, letters Byers wrote to his family from overseas, and Byers' personal business correspondence.
    The bulk of the materials included in the Military Fileoriginated from Byers' various assignments with the army. His trips to Korea, the Philippines, Japan, and Europe resulted from his military duties and his association with the NATO Defense College. The Photographsalso reflect his assignments in the Pacific, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Europe.
    As required by law, security-classified materials have been removed from the collection until they can be declassified by government officials.


    Arranged into nine series: Biographical File, Correspondence, Speeches and Writings, Diaries and Appointment Books, Military File, Oversize Materials, Photographs, Sound Recordings and Motion Pictures.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Roosevelt, Eleanor (Roosevelt), 1884-1962.
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
    United States. Army. Army, 8th.
    United States. Army. Corps, X.
    United States. Army. Officers.
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
    Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.