Hume, Edgar Erskine, born 26-12-1889 in Frankfort, Kentucky,
in the same year as Adolf Hitler
(did you know
). He received bachelor’s (1908) and master’s (1913) degrees from Centre College and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1913. In 1915 he was in charge of US medical relief efforts in Italy following an earthquake. In 1916 he entered the US Army Medical Corps, serving as head of all US military hospitals in Italy before serving in France. On 10-07-1918 he married Mary Swigert Hendrick
, daughter of John Buford Hendrick in Frankfort, Kentucky. In 1919 and 1920 he directed American Red Cross relief efforts during a typhus outbreak in Serbia. From 1921 to 1923 Hume directed medical aid efforts in Russia during a prolonged famine. During World War II he served in the Staff of the Fifth United States Army
, under Lucian Truscott
accepted the surrender of Naples, and served as commander of the Allied Military Government in the Naples area. Its role in Italy cost Fifth Army dearly. It suffered 109.642 casualties in 602 days of combat, 19.475 were killed in action. The Fifth Army headquarters returned to the United States in September, 1945, 02-10-1945 saw Fifth Army deactivated at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusett Following World War II Hume continued his Army service, including assignment as Chief Surgeon of the Far East Command. He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the American Revolution, Aztec Club, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Masons. In addition he authored numerous articles for medical journals.
Death and burial ground of Hume, Edgar Erskine.
General Hume died unexpectedly at Walter Reed Hospital only a few weeks following his retirement from the Army, on 24-01-1952, age 62, death came to General Hume suddenly and while he still had work to do
Hume is buried, with his wife, Mary Swigert Hendrick on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 6. In section 6 are also buried, Major General,Commander 44th Artillery Division,
General William Beiderlinden
, Major General, worked with Garand on the Development of the machinegun, Guy Drewry
, Lieutenant General, Commander XIII Corps, Alvan Culom Gillem Jr. Infantry Lieutenant General, Commander 1st Infantry Division, D-Day, Clarence Huebner