Walter Krueger


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(1881–1967) U.S. Army general, born in Flatow, West Prussia (now Zlotow, Poland). Krueger supervised the training of the 6th Army in Australia and led it through twenty-one major engagements against the Japanese, from New Guinea to the Philippines (1943–45), including the largest American land campaign (Luzon, 1945) in the Pacific. After the surrender of Japan, he commanded the 6th Army during the occupation of Japan. Krueger joined the army during the Spanish-American War (1898) and saw duty in the Philippines during the subsequent insurrection (1901). During World War I he served in France and Germany. During the 1920s and 1930s, he held several staff positions and commands, including commander of the 3rd Army and Southern Defense Command (1941–43) until being given overseas duty, despite his relatively advanced age. He retired in 1946. His many distinctions included the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal (army and navy), and the Legion of Merit.


From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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