1953 Nobel Peace Prize

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The independent George C. Marshall Museum & Library perpetuates Marshall’s legacy through scholarship, Marshall Legacy Series programs and facilities that offer a wide range of resources and materials for use by the general public, amateur historians, scholars and students of all ages.

On December 11, 1953, George C. Marshall accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo, Norway for his work on the Marshall Plan and service for peace and recovery from World War II. It was a fitting tribute to a career devoted to cooperation and understanding among nations.

He is the only soldier ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He acknowledged the controversy surrounding the awarding of a peace prize to a professional soldier but said:

I know a great deal of the hours and tragedies of war. The cost of war in human lives is constantly spread before me, written neatly in many ledgers, whose columns are gravestones. I am deeply moved to find some means or method of avoiding another calamity of war.
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1953 Nobel Peace Prize

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