Recently, Richard Schroeder (right), author of the newly available The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, the Missouri Gang, and the Origins of the Cold War, delivered a copy of his book to the Honorable William Webster, former director of the CIA. Schroeder told us a little bit about their conversation:
Webster and Roscoe Hillenkotter, who was the first director of the CIA, served together as Naval officers (and were both from Missouri). As Webster described his youth, he was a member of the “Pearl Harbor Class” of freshmen at Amherst College and they all volunteered wholesale for the war. During WWII, he served in “little ships” off Washington State, but was later recalled to duty in Korea and was on a big Navy refueling ship when the Chinese entered the war in late 1950. Hillenkoetter, by then having left the CIA and in command of a cruiser division, protected the retreating American and South Korean armies. Schroeder and Webser are confident that Webster’s ship supported Hillenkoetter’s cruisers and the battleship Missouri. This battleship is the subject of Schroeder’s earlier book, Missouri at Sea.
Schroeder also notes that Webster and Senator Kit Bond saved the George Caleb Bingham art collection “for the people of Missouri,” adding that, “more Missourians should remember Judge Webster and his contributions to our country—especially at a time when we could use more honor and honesty in Washington.”
Richard E. Schroeder is Adjunct Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. A retired Central Intelligence Agency officer and an Advisory Board Member Emeritus of the International Spy Museum, he lives in Washington, D.C.
THE FOUNDATION OF THE CIA
Harry Truman, The Missouri Gang, and the Origins of the Cold War
Richard E. Schroeder
$24.95 • hardcover: 978-0-8262-2137-7 • 224 pp. • 53 illus.