He became Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1948 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1949. In 1950, Bradley was promoted to the rank of General of the Army, becoming the last of only nine people to be promoted to five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces. He was the senior military commander at the start of the Korean War, and supported President Harry S. Truman‘s wartime policy of containment. He was instrumental in persuading Truman to dismiss General Douglas MacArthur in 1951 after MacArthur resisted administration attempts to scale back the war’s strategic objectives. Bradley left active duty in 1953 (though remaining on “active retirement” for the next 27 years), then continued to serve in public and business roles until his death in 1981.
David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War Should you read any history of the Korean War it should be The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam. It was Halberstam’s last book. Shortly after publication, Halbertsam was killed in an automobile accident April 23, 2007.