George Elsey

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George Elsey (born February 5, 1918) - age 97 - was an American commander who was a military advisor to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. A commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he was a duty officer in the White House Map Room, 1941-46, accompanying Truman to the Potsdam Conference; Assistant to Clark Clifford, the Special Counsel to the President, 1947-49; Administrative Assistant to the President, 1949-51; and Assistant to the Director, Mutual Security Agency, 1951-53. He provided an oral history to the Truman Presidential Library in July 1969.

Having served as Vice-President of the organization between 1958 and 1961,[1] Elsey became President of the American Red Cross in 1970, serving in that post until 1982.[2]


  1. ^ "Harry S. Truman Papers - Staff Member and Office Files -George M. Elsey Files". Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "American Red Cross Museum- Personal Data - George Elsey". American Red Cross. Retrieved 27 April 2011.