Twaddle, Harry Lewis, born 02-06-1888 in Clarksfield, Huron County, Ohio, USA, was attached to the General Staff at the War Department’s Operations and Training Division from 1938 to 1941. Subsequently appointed Assistant Chief of Staff, serving in this capacity under General George Marshall from 1941 to 1942. Twaddle was given command of the 95th Infantry Division in 1942, part of General Georg Smith Patton Third Army, and held this position throughout the last three years of World War Two. With the rank of major-general, he led the division on campaign through northern France, the Rhineland, and into central Europe. Due to his successes, his division was nicknamed the “Victory Division.” In 1944, after the liberation of the German-held fortress city of Metz in occupied-France, the German Army nicknamed Twaddle’s infantry division the “Iron Men of Metz.” His honors include the Army Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Legion of Merit. The 95th Division spent 151 days in combat, suffering 1.128 killed in action, 4.783 wounded in action, 394 missing in action, and 65 prisoners of war. The division also suffered 3.834 non-battle casualties, for a total of 10.204 casualties during World War II. The division in turn took 31.988 German prisoners. Soldiers of the division were awarded one Medal of Honor, 18 Distinguished Service Crosses, 14 Legion of Merit Medals, 665 Silver Star Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 2,992 Bronze Star Medals, and 162 Air Medals. The division was awarded one Presidential Unit Citation and four campaign streamers during its time in combat .Post-war, he founded the 95th Infantry Division Association for the soldiers he led into combat. Twaddle was the one who captured Franz “Fränzchen” von Papen and his son.
Death and burial ground of Twaddle, Harry Lewis.
Twaddle retired from the Army in 1948 and died at the ageof 66 on 12-12-1954 in Hammond Lake County, Indiana USA and is buried with his wife Sara M who died in 1979 and is buried on the Arlington National Cemetery in Section 2. In the same section are buried General, Commander 92nd “ Negro Division”, Edward “Ned” Almond , Major General, Commander 8th Bomber Command Europe, Fredrick Anderson,Rear Admiral, Commander Destroyer Greyson, Frederic Bell, Navy Admiral, “Operation Crossroads”, William Blandy,General, Commander 32nd Infantry Division, Clovis Byers, Navy Admiral. Battle of the Leyte Gulf, Robert Carney,Air Force General Lieutenant, Claire Chennault, Brigade General, Assistant Commanding General 45th Division. John Huston Church, Lieutenant General, Commander 4th Corps, Italy Campaign, Willis Crittenberger Major General and commander of the 5th Infantry Division, Joseph Michaerl Cummins, Brigadier General, First African-American General, Benjamin Davis, Quartermaster Lieutenant General, John Lesesne De Witt, Major General and Head OSS, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Brigadier General, Speck Easley, Marine Corps Major General, Commander 1st Raider Battalion , Merrit “Red Mike” Edson, Lieutenant General, VIII Army, Robert Eichelberger, Navy Admiral, Commander Nord Pacific Fleet, Frank Fletscher and Navy Admiral, Commander VII Forces, William Fechteler, Lieutenant General, Commander 86th Infantry Division , Ridgeley Gaither, Major General, Commander 29th Infantry Division, D-Day, “The Blue and the Gray” , Charles Gerhardt and Admiral, U.S. Chief of Naval Material, John Gingrich, U.S. Brigadier General, “ Merrill’s Marauders “ in Burma, Frank Down Merril, U.S. 4* Navy Vice Admiral. Commander U.S.S. Hornet, Doolittle Raid, Marc Mitscher,
Brigade General Courtney Whitney,