The presentation inscription reads: JAMES G. HARBORD ONE OF THOSE WHO HELPED TO BUILD THE PYRAMID".
James Harbord (1866-1947) served as warrtime Chief of Staff to U.S. Commander-in-Chief John Pershing, and led ground forces at the Second Battle of the Marne in July 1918. The following year President Woodrow Wilson sent him on a fact-finding mission to the Middle East to determine the practicality of the Balfour Declaration, which supported the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, taken from the Ottoman Empire during the war. Additionally, he was responsible for reporting on the the Turkish-Armenian relations in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. In 1922 Harbord retired from the Army and was named President of the Radio Corporation of America. Under his direction RCA began television broadcasts and formed the National Boadcasting Corporation in 1926. Two years later RCA was one of the four companies to form RKO Pictures, and in 1929 RCA acquired the Victor Talking Machine Company, which produced the RCA-Victor. In 1930 Harbord officially retired as president of RCA, but remained Chairman of the Board until shortly before his death in August, 1947. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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