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Lyman Louis Lemnitzer

U.S. Army General and NATO Commander

General Lyman Lemnitzer

Lyman Louis Lemnitzer was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, on August 29, 1899. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1920, and from the Coast Artillery School at Fort Monroe in 1921, and went on to serve with his battery in the United States and in the Philippines until 1926. He would then go on to have a very long and very distinguished military career, as chronicled below.

1926-1930: Instructor of natural and experimental philosophy at West Point.

1931-1934: Troop and staff officer in the Philippines.

1934-1935: Again instructor of natural and experimental philosophy at West Point.

August 1935: Promoted to Captain.

1936: Instructor in tactics at the Coast Artillery School. Graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth.

1940: Graduated from the Army War College.

1940-1941: Commanded the 70th Coast Artillery and the 38th Coast Artillery brigades.

July 1940: Promoted to Major.

December 1941: Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

1941-1942: Plans and operations officer on the General Staff and at Army Ground Forces Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

June 1942: Promoted to full Colonel and given command of the 34th Anti-Aircraft Brigade. Then appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of the Allied Forces Headquarters in London, under General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in which capacity helped plan the invasion of North Africa.

February 1943: Resumed command of the 34th Anti-Aircraft Brigade, which he led in the opening phases of General George Patton's Sicilian Campaign.

June 1943: Named Deputy Chief of Staff of the Allied 15th Group (comprising the U.S. 7th and British 8th armies) under General Sir Harold R.L.G. Alexander.

December 1944: Became Chief of Staff under Field Marshal Alexander, Supreme Allied Commander of the Mediterranean Theater.

1945-1947: Served as the senior Army member of the Joint Strategic Survey Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1947-1949: Deputy Commandant of the National War College.

1949-1950: Director of the Office of Military Assistance within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

1950: Underwent parachute training, and then given command of the 11th Airborne Division.

November 1951: Sent to Korea to command the 7th Infantry Division.

April 1952: Promoted to Major General.

1952-1955: Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Research.

March 1955: Named Commanding General of United States Forces in the Far East, and of the 8th Army.

1955-1957: Named Commander-in-Chief of the Far East and United Nations Commands, as well as Governor of the Ryukyu Islands.

1957-1959: Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

July 1, 1959-September 30, 1960: Chief of Staff of the United States Army, in which capacity he stressed the need to modernize the Army and for adequate appropriations to accomplish that objective.

1960-1962: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1962-1969: Commanding General of United States Forces in Europe.

1963-1969: Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe.

July 1969: Retired from active service.

1975: Member of the blue-ribbon panel that investigated domestic activities of the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 12, 1988: Died in Washington, D.C.

SOURCE
Arlington National Cemetery www.arlingtoncemetery.net/lemnitz.htm

SEE ALSO
United States Military Academy at West Point
Dwight D. Eisenhower
World War II: North African Campaign
World War II: Italian Campaign
NATO

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