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Walter Bedell Smith

1895 - 1961

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General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff at Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) during the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, during World War II. He was Eisenhower's chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) in the campaign in Western Europe from 1944 to 1945. Smith enlisted as a private in the Indiana Army National Guard in 1911. During World War I, he served with the American Expeditionary Forces and was commissioned to second lieutenant in 1917. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Bedell Smith has received more than 777,673 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Walter Bedell Smith is the 1,354th most popular military personnel (down from 1,141st in 2019), the 5,112th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,065th in 2019) and the 87th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Walter Bedell Smith ranks 1,354 out of 1,468Before him are Shirase Nobu, Vladimir Tributs, Richard Marcinko, Kanhoji Angre, Henry Maitland Wilson, and Franciszek Kleeberg. After him are Juan Modesto, Felix Graf von Bothmer, Constantine Angelos, August Emil Fieldorf, Aleksandr Baryatinsky, and Yitzhak Sadeh.

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Among people born in 1895, Walter Bedell Smith ranks 169Before him are Alexander Mikulin, Nikifor, Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, Nikolay Shchors, Christian Herter, and Melville J. Herskovits. After him are Jerzy Kuryłowicz, Plínio Salgado, John Diefenbaker, August Emil Fieldorf, Liane Haid, and Jack Northrop. Among people deceased in 1961, Walter Bedell Smith ranks 105Before him are Beppo Levi, Sergio Osmeña, Joseph M. Schenck, Charles D. B. King, James Thurber, and Percy Grainger. After him are Olav Bjaaland, Scott LaFaro, Alberto Chividini, Paul W. Merrill, Leonhard Frank, and Maneca.

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Among people born in United States, Walter Bedell Smith ranks 5,112 out of 18,182Before him are Eileen Heckart (1919), Horace Mann (1796), Drew Gilpin Faust (1947), Ruth Teitelbaum (1924), Moses Gunn (1929), and Mary Agnes Chase (1869). After him are Vanilla Ice (1967), Denver Pyle (1920), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912), Ossie Davis (1917), Arthur Dove (1880), and D'arcy Wretzky (1968).


Among military personnels born in United States, Walter Bedell Smith ranks 87Before him are Hal Moore (1922), Carl Spaatz (1891), J. E. B. Stuart (1833), Tommy Franks (1945), William D. Leahy (1875), and Richard Marcinko (1940). After him are Anthony McAuliffe (1898), George Pickett (1825), Irvin McDowell (1818), Nathanael Greene (1742), Arthur MacArthur Jr. (1845), and Moe Berg (1902).