Brush, Rapp

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Brush, Rapp, born 07-11-1889 in Wyoming, in the same year as Adolf Hitler (did you know)  a veteran of World War I, was promoted to Major General and given command of the 40th United States Infantry Division  from April 1942 to July 1945. The 40th would be assigned to the Pacific Campaign and serve with distinction in General Douglas MacArthur´s  return to the Philippine Islands.  commanded the United States 40th Infantry Division from 1942 – 1945 during its WWII involvement in the United States armed forces’ recon quest of the Philippines.

The 40th Infantry Division or “Sun Burst” or “Sunshine Division” was prior to its WWII activation on 03-03-1941 divisions of the California, Nevada and Utah Army National Guard. During its WWII service, the 40th Infantry Division or its members were awarded 3 Distinguished Unit Citations, 1 Medal of Honor, 12 Distinguished Service Crosses, 1 Distinguished Service Medal, 245 Silver Stars, 21 Legions of Merit, 30 Soldier’s Medals, 1036 Bronze Star Medals and 57 Army Medals.

The division returned to the U.S. on 07-04-1946 and was reportedly inactivated the same day. Its casualties during the war included 614 killed in action, 2.407 wounded in action, and 134 died of wounds.

Death and burial ground of Brush, Rapp.

 Rapp Brush died age 68, on 06-03-1958 in San Francisco, California and is buried on the San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco County, California, USA.



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