Swing, Joseph May

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Swing, Joseph May, born 28-02-1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Swing attended the United States Military Academy and was graduated and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1915, as part of “the class the stars fell on”. As a young officer, he served as an aide to General Peyton March during World War I.

 General Peyton March   March died very old age 90, on 13-04-1955. Swing was an artillery officer between the wars. During World War II after two artillery commands, Commander, Artillery, 82nd Airborne Division , Casualties of the 82nd Airborne Division during their European campaign, 1.619 killed in action, 6.560 wounded in action and  332 died of wounds.

He was promoted to Commanding General, 11th Airborne Division, nickname “Angels”  1943-48, Casualties of the 11th Airborne Division during their European campaign, killed 2.431 in 204 days of combat. Commanding General, of I Corps 1948-49 Commanding General, Artillery Center/Commandant, the Artillery School 1949-50 Commandant, Army War College 1950-51 Commanding General, 6th US. Army 1951-54. He retired from active duty in 1954 and served as Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization 1954-61 under Dwight Eisenhower.

Death and burial ground of Swing, Joseph May.

Lieutenant General Swing died at also the very old age of 90,

  on 09-12-1984 and is buried with his wife Josephine, born Mary, who died age 76, on 04-02-1972, on the Arlington National Cemetery, Section 30. Close by the graves of Major General, Commander 116th and 29th Division, D-Day, Charles CanhamFleet Deputy Chief Operation, Richard Edwards, Rear Admiral, Frank Akers , Admiral Robert Ghormley, Lieutenant General, Commanded the 5th Marine Division, nickname “Spearhead”  in the occupation of Japan, Thomas Bourke. The 5th Marine had the next casualties during WWII, killed in action/died of wounds, 2.416, wounded in action, 6.860, total casualties, 9.276. Also buried here, Lieutenant General, Commander 2nd Armoured Division, Ted Brooks.


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