General Zwicker at Camp Kilmer | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society


General Zwicker at Camp Kilmer


General Ralph Zwicker (center), commandant of Camp Kilmer and a native of Stoughton, Wisconsin. In 1954, General Zwicker became a central figure in Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's contest with the Army. Summoned to testify before McCarthy's committee (McCarthy was the only member present), on February 18, ostensibly to answer questions about an Army dentist alleged to have subversive connections, Zwicker was subjected to a humiliating cross examination. McCarthy charged that Zwicker was protecting Communists and that he was unfit to wear a uniform. This brought both Secretary of the Army Stevens and President Eisenhower to Zwicker's defense and set the stage for the Army-McCarthy Hearings. They inturn led to McCarthy's downfall. This undated photograph of Zwicker was taken at an Army Reserve unit party at Camp Kilmer.


Image ID: 48235

Creation Date: 1954-02-18 ca.

Creator Name: United States. Army.

City: Camp Kilmer


State: New Jersey

Collection Name: Zwicker, Ralph W., 1903- : Papers, 1951-1957

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w

Original Format Number: M84-306

Original Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.5 inches


Armed Forces


Military art and science


Portraits, Group

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