Images from Herbert Hoover’s Food Mission (1946 and 1947)

Herbert Hoover (right) and Hugh Gibson
Hugh Gibson and Herbert Hoover disembark from the “Faithful Cow” during their international food mission, undertaken at the request of President Truman. (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)
Herbert Hoover (left) and Hugh Gibson take off on their world tour, March 17, 1946. In two and a half months they would fly more than 50,000 miles, visiting nearly forty countries. Perrin Galpin papers, Hoover Institution Archives, box 5
Hugh Gibson aboard the mission’s C-54 “Faithful Cow.”
Hugh Gibson aboard the mission’s C-54 “Faithful Cow.” Hoover (Herbert) subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives, envelope RRR
Hugh Gibson in devastated Warsaw Ghetto, March 29, 1946.  (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)
Hugh Gibson in devastated Warsaw Ghetto, March 29, 1946. (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)
Herbert Hoover visits children’s schools and orphanages in Warsaw, Poland, March 30, 1946. Hoover (Herbert) subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives, envelope SSS
Generals
From left to right: Herbert Hoover, General Joseph McNarney, Hugh Gibson, General Lucius Clay, Berlin, April 11, 1946. Robert Murphy papers, Hoover Institution Archives, envelope CC
Honor guard in Athens
Honor guard accompanies Herbert Hoover (left, with hat) and Hugh Gibson (middle) in front of the home of the regent of Greece, Archbishop Damaskinos Papandreou, Athens, April 17, 1946. (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)
Herbert Hover (seated) and Hugh Gibson with Pope Pius XII
Herbert Hover (seated) and Hugh Gibson with Pope Pius XII during their second pontifical audience, February 15, 1947. During their first audience, in March 1946, they had asked the pope to appeal to the Latin American countries to support the food relief effort. Courtesy of Michael Gibson (newspaper clipping photo also pasted in Hugh Gibson’s diary, Hoover Institution Archives, box 72)
Money-belt
Hugh Gibson’s thirty-six-foot-long “short snorter” (money belt) consisted of sixty-seven bank notes taped together with Scotch tape from the forty or so countries he had visited and signed by many of those he had met during the mission. (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)
Money-belt detail
Hugh Gibson’s thirty-six-foot-long “short snorter” (money belt) consisted of sixty-seven bank notes taped together with Scotch tape from the forty or so countries he had visited and signed by many of those he had met during the mission. (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)
Hugh Gibson’s diaries
Hugh Gibson’s diaries Hugh Gibson papers, Hoover Institution Archives, boxes 70-72