Krueger, Walter, 1881-1967

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Walter Krueger (1881-1967) was born Flatow, West Prussia. He came to the United States in 1889 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1898. He received his commission in the infantry from the ranks in 1901, and later graduated from the Staff College in Fort Leavenworth in 1907. He served with General Pershing in the punitive expedition to Mexico in 1916 and 1917. He advanced through the ranks to brigadier general in October 1936, and served as commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade from June 1938 to February 1939. He reached the rank of major general in February 1939, and served as commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division from February 1939 to October 1940, then the VIII Corps from October 1940 to May 1941. He reached the rank of lieutenant general in May 1941, and served as commanding general of Third Army from May1941 to February 1943, then the Sixth Army through the end of World War II. He retired from Army service in July 1946.

From the description of Krueger, Walter, 1881-1967 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10614477

Born in Prussia in 1881, emigrated to U.S. and enlisted in Army as a private. He served in the 2nd U.S. Volunteer Infantry in Cuba (1898-99), the 12th Infantry (1899-1901), the 30th Infantry (1901-03) in the Philippines, the 23rd Infantry (1907-08), the 3rd Infantry (1912-14) and the 10th Pa. Infantry (1916) on the Mexican Border. Became 1st Lieutenant (1905), Captain (1916). During World War I he was acting Chief of the 84th Division, Asst. Chief of 26th Division, Chief of the Tank Corps and saw action in France.

He served on the War Dept. General Staff as member of the War Plans Division (1922-25) and was appointed to the Joint Army and Navy Board (1934-38). He commanded the 6th Infantry (1932-34), the 16th Infantry Brigade (1938-39), the 2nd Infantry Division (1939-40), the VIII Corps (1940-41); the Third Army and Southern Defense Command (1941-43). Was distinguished for his strategy and tactics used as commander of the 6th Army in the Southwest Pacific during World War II pushing from Australia to Luzon, Philippines in many successful operations including the Leyte Campaign. Retired as General in 1946 and died in 1967.

From the description of The Walter Krueger papers, 1945-1976. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 23714042

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creatorOf Krueger, Walter, 1881-1967. The Walter Krueger papers, 1945-1976. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. ALLIED FORCES IN ACTION ON INDIA-BURMA FRONTS [ETC.]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [FEB. 6]
referencedIn Minch, Robert F., 1916-. Oral history interview with Robert F. Minch [sound recording], 2007. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. USS OMMANEY BAY (CVE-79) BURNS, BOMBARDMENT OF PHILLIPPINES, ACTION IN LINGAYEN GULF
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. World War II Cemetery Dedication
referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. AIR ASSAULT TACTICS [ETC.]
referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. ALLIED DRIVE ON IN ITALY--PLANES SMASH FOE IN AIR [ETC.]
referencedIn Hugh Morton Photographs and Films,  , late 1920s-2006, (bulk 1940s-1990s) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
referencedIn Smith, Herbert A., 1901-1989,. Oral history interview with Herbert A. Smith [sound recording], 1982. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. MARINES INVADE CAPE GLOUCESTER, NEW BRITAIN
referencedIn Morton, Hugh M. Hugh Morton photographs and films: World War II, 1942-1945 (Series 7). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Biography -- Krueger, Walter. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
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Pacific Ocean
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World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
Generals--Biography
Leyte Gulf, Battle of, Philippines, 1944
Philippine Sea, Battle of the, 1944 (June 19-21)
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Birth 1881-01-26

Death 1967-08-20

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