Sayler, Henry Benton

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Sayler, Henry Benton, born on 04-11-1893 in Huntington, Indiana. He attended the Braden’s Preparatory School in Highland Falls, New York and subsequently was appointed at United States Military Academy at West Point, New York  in 1911. Sayler graduated four years later as a part of “the class the stars fell on” (because 59 members of this class became general officers). For example: Dwight Delano Eisenhower Omar “Brad” BradleyJames Van Fleet, Henry AurandStafford LeRoy Irwin, John William Leonard or others. He was commissioned a Second lieutenant in Coast Artillery Corps on 12-06-1915. In 1921, he was transferred to the Ordnance Corps and subsequently served on various military posts across United States. Between years 1931-1937, Sayler served as a Member of the Cavalry Board. Sayler also attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1931. In 1937, he was appointed a Chief of General Supply Division in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance and served in this capacity until the end of next year, when he was assigned to the 4th Corps Area as its Ordnance officer. Then he was appointed an Ordnance officer of the First Army under the command of Lieutenant General Hugh Aloyius Drum With the United States entry into the War, Sayler’s old West Point Classmate, now Commanding General of the U.S. Forces in the European Theater of Operations, Dwight D. Eisenhower, appointed him as Chief Ordnance Officer of ETO. In this capacity, Eisenhower tasked him to plan, assemble, and execute the logistical support for the North African invasion. During D-Day invasion he solved many problems which include waterproofing of vehicles and disposing bombs which didn’t explode. Due to his great work at that time, U.S. Forces was one of the best equipped fighting force in the history of warfare. Sayled stayed in this capacity until 1945, when he was appointed an Assistant Chief of Ordnance, deputy of Lieutenant

General, Levin Hick Campbell, Jr.   who died old age 89, on 17-11-1976, in Annapolis, Maryland. After the war, Sayler was given a position as a chief at the Research and development, Ordnance Department.

Death and burial ground of Sayler, Henry Benton.

Henry Sayler retired from the Army with the rank of Major general in 1949. Major general Henry B. Sayler died on 07-05-1970 at the age of 76 in Savannah, Georgia.  He is buried together with his wife Jessie Sayler (1896 – 1987) at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 5, in Virginia. Close by in Section 5 the graves of the Air Corps Lieutenant General, Head of the American Air Force, Frank Andrews, Lieutenant General, Commander of the 3rd Armoured Division, nickname “Spearhead” , with in 231 days of combat in World War II, a total of 2.540 killed, 7.331 wounded, 95 missing, and 139 captured. Total battle and non-battle casualties came to 16.122. Further buried Frederick Brown, Navy Admiral, Commander Tenth Naval District, John Hoover and Marine Corps General, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, nickname “Ivy Division” with casualties during the European campaign, 2.611 killed in action and 9.895 wounded in action, Clifton Cates. Also buried Major General, Commanding General of the Tenth Air Force, Clayton Lawrence Bissel.

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