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Carlo DJoin us for the 2010 Prize and Lecture on Wednesday, March 10 at the Army and Navy Club as we honor LTC Carlo D”Este, USA (RET).

Acclaimed military historian and biographer, author of such works as “Decision in Normandy: The Unwritten Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign,” “Patton: A Genius for War,” “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945,” and “Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life, 1890-1945.”

His lecture is titled “The Legacy of Dwight Eisenhower.”

Please note that the Club requires a Coat and Tie for all men and appropriate attire for ladies. If not adorned properly, you will not be admitted.

Feel free to invite your friends. The event is open to the public.

Beverages and hors d’oeurvres will be served prior to the lecture.

Please RSVP via FaceBook or to (703) 302-1012 ext 218.

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Background of the Prize

The Goodpaster Prize was inaugurated in 2008 in an effort to honor the work of “soldier-scholars” who undertake groundbreaking work in military scholarship. The prize seeks to honor the legacy of General Andrew J. Goodpaster, himself one of America’s great “soldier-scholars” and an early supporter of the American Veterans Center and the WWII Veterans Committee. Goodpaster was a decorated hero of WWII, having received the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart, before going on to serve as a war planner for General Marshall. He became a close advisor to Dwight Eisenhower during his presidency, and was later Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and Superintendent of West Point. He was beloved by those who served under him, and universally respected for his decency and integrity. General Goodpaster passed away in 2005, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The 2009 Prize and Lecture

General Dave Palmer signs his book for guests at the 2009 Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture.

General Dave Palmer signs his book for guests at the 2009 Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture.

The recipient of the 2009 Goodpaster Prize, Lt. General Dave R. Palmer, followed in General Goodpaster’s footsteps as Superintendent of West Point. He is a two-tour veteran of Vietnam, and has gone on to a distinguished career as an author and historian, specializing in the early American army. Among his books is the recently published and acclaimed George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots. As part of the Goodpaster Prize ceremonies, General Palmer touched on his own research to deliver a lecture on character; the man who had it – Washington – rose to become our nation’s greatest hero while the man who lacked it – Arnold – became its greatest villain.