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Apprentice to Journeyman

Henry G. Gole

in General William E. DePuy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125008
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.003.0002
Apprentice to Journeyman

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Second Lieutenant William E. DePuy reported to the 20th Infantry on June 25, 1941, at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri where he was to obtain basic army training. The cadets were taught some aspects of American military tradition and history, how the U.S. Army was organized, and other such teaching passed on by the ROTC detachment's Regular Army soldiers. DePuy and several other new lieutenants became platoon leaders then furthered on to headquarters company commander. During his stay in the military, DePuy was able to differentiate what it meant by saying and doing as what they learned was applied to soldiering and mostly entailed heavy physical work. As he was also assigned to the 90th Infantry Division's 357th Infantry in Camp Barley, Texas, this chapter illustrates various facets of DePuy's training opportunities.

Keywords: Second Lieutenant; ROTC; platoon leader; company commander; 90th Infantry Division; training

Chapter.  4622 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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