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Akin, Spencer Ball, born 23-02-1889 in Mississippi, two months before Adolf Hitler (did you know) (see Hitler parents), (Paula), (Alois) was Douglas MacArthur‘s Chief Signal Officer throughout World War II, Akin exercised strong control by being in the forefront of each operation. As Chief of Signal Intelligence in the Far East and of Army forces in the Pacific, Akin exploited the Japanese reliance on radio communications by keeping commanders appraised of pertinent information. He was not very popular with the other Generals. In one instance, an intercepted enemy radio message revealed that, expecting bombing raids, the Japanese had issued orders to move airplanes from a vulnerable airfield to a safer location. The Army Air Force used the information to attack before the move could be made, destroying large numbers of enemy aircraft. During the siege at Corregidor, commander Lieutenant General, Commander Allied Forces Philippines, Jonathan Wainwright

and Bataan in the Philippine Islands during the war, he was the one to report that the islands were holding. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Medal and the Legion of Merit. His radio program “Voice of Freedom” was broadcast around the world.

Death and burial ground of Akin, Spencer Ball.

He died, at the old age of 84, on 06-10-1973 and is buried on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 34 . Close by in Section 34 the graves of Air Force General, Commanding General U.S. Army Forces, Henry “Happy” Arnold and Major General, Commander 1st Infantry Division, nickname “The Big red One”  James Collins. The 1st Infantry Division of the United states Army the oldest division in the United States Army. It has seen continuous service since its organization in 1917. It was officially nicknamed the The Big Red One after its shoulder patch and is also nicknamed The Fighting First. However, with typical soldier gallows humor, the division has also received troop monikers of The Big Dead One and The Bloody First as puns on the respective officially-sanctioned nicknames. It is currently based at Fort Rilley, Kansas. Other commanders Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen from August 42 – July 43, Major General Clarence R. Huebner    from July 43 – December 44, Major General Clift Andrus   , from December 44 – Augustus 46. Casualties during the European campaign, 4.411 killed in action, 7.201 wounded in action, 1.056 missing or died of wounds.

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