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 James Van Feet

General James Van Fleet commanded the 8th Infantry Regiment for three years leading it into combat in European Theater.  Although widely regarded as an outstanding officer, he was blocked from promotion because the Army Chief of Staff, General George Marshall, confused Van Fleet with a well-known alcoholic officer with a similar name.  When General Eisenhower informed Marshall of his mistake, Van Fleet was soon promoted to divisional and corps command.

President Harry S. Truman said "General Van Fleet is the greatest general we have ever had . . . I sent him to Greece and he won the war. I sent him to Korea and he won the war. Van Fleet was the recipient of three Distinguished Service Crosses, three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat, and his most prized decoration—the Combat Infantryman's Badge of the common foot soldier

                                                             

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