Krueger, Walter R.

1st US soldier to rise to General from private, led 6th Army in SW Pacific

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1881-1967) Commanded 6th Army in SW Pacific in WW II, 1st US soldier to rise to General from private. Born in West Prussia, to US at 8. Enlisted in Army in the Spanish-American War, re-enlisted in Philippine-American War in June 1899 as a private in Major General Arthur MacArthur Jr.'s 2nd Infantry Division. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 1901, assigned to Dept. of Languages at Ft. Leavenworth as instructor in Spanish & German, which he spoke fluently along with French. He published translations of several German military texts, inc. Balck's Tactics. Tank Corps Chief of Staff Oct. 1918, reverted to Captain 1920, promoted to Major next day, to temporary Brigadier General 1936, to temporary Major General 1939. Promoted to temporary Lieutenant General May 1941 in command of US 3rd Army and Southern Defense Command, a post he held over a year after Pearl Harbor. In Jan. 1943, he took command of 6th Army in Australia and led 6th Army against Japanese on Kiriwina & Woodlark Islands (July 1943); New Britain (Dec. 1943-Feb. 1944); Admiralty Islands (Feb.-May 1944); New Guinea (July-Aug. 1944); Morotai (Dutch East Indies, Sept-Oct 1944); Leyte & Mindoro (Philippines, Oct-Dec 1944); and Luzon (Jan.-Feb 1945). In Nov. 1943, he formed top secret ad hoc unit, “the Alamo Scouts”, small teams of highly trained volunteers operating deep behind enemy lines to provide intelligence-gathering and tactical reconnaissance in advance of 6th Army landings. Promoted to temporary General (4-star) March 1945. In Sept 1945, with 6th Army on occupation duty in Japan. In Jan. 1946, 6th Army was deactivated and he reverted to Lieutenant General, retiring as General July 1946. ISP, 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 color portrait as Lieut. General from January 20 1945 issue of TIME Magazine, mounted on 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 heavy paper with red border and black stripes, inscribed with sentiment as signed as General, US Army (Ret.) dated February 11 1948 by him.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Portrait






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