World War II American General Officers' Project

 

 
 
 

A project dedicated to the study of the American General Officer and the preservation of their original uniforms, flags and medals.

                         General Courtney Hodges 

Courtney Hodges is among the least known, yet most important, American generals of World War II. General Hodges never sought attention. When he passed away, one obituary read:  “General Hodges was neither a back-slapper nor a seeker of publicity.  As a result, he usually came off second-best in headlines, overshadowed by such colorful generals as George Patton and Britain’s Bernard Law Montgomery.” Hodges himself once said, “Some people just naturally attract attention -- and all my friends tell me I look more like a school teacher than a general.” 

General Hodges led the First Army during the liberation of Paris, the fighting of the Battle of the Bulge, in reaching the Rhine River and capturing the Remagen Bridge intact.  At the conclusion of the war in Germany it was Courtney Hodges and his 1st Army which was selected by General George Marshall for redeployment to the Pacific theater. 

On April 15, 1945 Hodges was promoted to General making him the first man to rise to full General from enlisted private. 

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