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How many US Generals or Admirals died in World War 2?


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2010-01-04 17:34:26
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Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, CG Tenth Army, killed June 18, 1945 on Okinawa. (Posthumously promoted to General in 1954.)

Rear Adm. Daniel J. Callahan, killed November 13, 1942 aboard USS SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38) at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, killed December 7, 1941 aboard USS ARIZONA (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Lt. Gen. Leslie J. McNair, CG Army Ground Forces (training & doctrine), killed July 25, 1944 in France by "friendly fire" (posthumously promoted to General in 1954). His son, Colonel Douglas McNair, chief of staff of the 77th Infantry Division, was killed two weeks later by a sniper on Guam.

Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose, CG, 3rd Armored Division, killed in action in Germany on March 30, 1945.

Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., ADC, 4th Infantry Division, July 12, 1944 (heart attack). Roosevelt suffered from severe arthritis (walked with a cane) and diagnosed heart problems. He was the only general officer to land with the first wave on D-Day (June 6, 1944). Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day.

Rear Adm. Norman Scott, killed November 13, 1942 aboard USS ATLANTA (CL-51) at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Brig. Gen. James Wharton, CG 28th Infantry Division, killed in France on August 12, 1944.

"Nearly 1,100 U.S. Army generals served at some point during World War II, and of those about 40 died during or immediately following the war. Not all were in combat units, and some were not in enemy territory when they died.

Of these generals, at least 11 were killed in action or died of wounds from hostile actions, two were executed by the Japanese while POWs, four were killed in plane crashes, one was killed by friendly fire, and five died of natural causes, including two of heart attacks. The remainder died of various causes in the first few months after the end of hostilities."

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