Krueger, Walter

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Krueger, Walter, born on 26-01-1881 in Flatow, West Prussia, Germany. His family emigrated to the United States in 1888 and he, at the age of eight, grew up in Madison, Indiana. In 1898 he enlisted for volunteer service in the Spanish-American War   and in 1899, having served in Cuba, he enlisted as a Private in the Regular Army. While serving in the Philippines with the Infantry, he was advanced to the rank of Sergeant and in 1901 was commissioned Second Lieutenant, 30th Infantry. After seeing action in the Philippines he was commissioned in 1901. He became an instructor at Fort Leavenworth where he met and became friends with George Catlett Marshall,   He returned to the U.S. in 1903, graduated from the Infantry-Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,  in 1906 and from the General Staff College there in 1907. After a second tour in the Philippines, he was assigned to various routine duties. In 1916, he took part in the Mexican Punitive Expedition under General John J. Pershing, Pershing died age 87, on 15-07-1948.

  Krueger went to the Western Front in France during the First World War in February 1918 and served as Assistant Chief of Staff of the 26th Division, later with the 84th Division and as Assistant Chief of Staff with the Tank Corps, and then as Assistant Chief of Staff of VI and IV Corps in occupation duty following World War I, advancing to the rank of temporary Colonel. After the war Krueger taught at the Army War College and served with the War Plans Division in Washington. Promoted to the rank of Major General he was given command of the 2nd Division based in Texas. In October 1940 he became head of the 3rd Army, nicknamed “Patton’s Own” Headquarters. In January 1943 Krueger and the 3rd Army were sent to Australia. It was not until October 1944 that Krueger first saw action when he took part in the Leyte campaign.  General Douglas MacArthur  was critical of Krueger for advancing too slowly and considered having him replaced. Later he was involved in the capture of Luzon. Promoted to temporary General in March 1945, he reverted to Lieutenant General in January 1946, but retired as a full General in July 1946. Not only was he an expert on discipline and training, but was also noted as an historian and scholar of military affairs. After the war Krueger retired  to San Antonio.

Death and burial ground of Krueger, Walter.

 Walter Krueger, died at the old age of 86, on 20-08-1967 in Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and is buried with his wife Grace, born Norvell, who died age 74, on 13-05-1956, on the Arlington National Cemetery, in Section 30.Close by in Section 30, the graves of Lieutenant General, Commander of the 26th Infantry Division , Willard Paul. Close by the graves of Deputy Chief Operation, Richard Edwards, Rear Admiral, Frank Akers, Admiral Robert Ghormley, Lieutenant General, Commanded the 5th Marine Division in the occupation of Japan, Thomas Bourke , Lieutenant General, Commander 2nd Armoured Division, Ted BrooksMajor General, Chief Signal Officer, George Back, Lieutenant General, Commanded the 5th Marine Division, nickname “Spearhead”  in the occupation of Japan, Thomas Bourke. The 5th Marine Division had the next casualties, killed 2.416 and 6.860 wounded in action. Also buried here, Infantry Major General, Commander 24th Infantry Division, Kenneth CramerInfantry Major General, Commander 9th Infantry Division days  of combat 307, killed 4.581, wounded 16.961, missing 750 and captured 868, nickname ‘Old Reliables”Louis Craig, Air Force Lieutenant General. Commander 12th and 15th U.S. Air Force, Ira Eaker, Navy Admiral, Okinawa CampainLouis Denfeld, Secretary of the Navy in 1944, James Forrestal and Thomas Handy, and 1* General Lieutenant, Commanding Officer Artillery, 11th Airborne Division, casualties in 204 days of combat, 2.431, nickname “Angels”  , Francis William Farrell. Also a remembrance stone for the, age 44, missing in action Brigadier General, Charles Keerans the assistant commander of the 82nd Airborne Division,  under General Matthew Bunker Ridgway Casualties of the 82nd, 1.619 killed in action, 6.560 wounded in action and 332 died of wounds.




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