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Truscott, Lucian King, Jr.

Date of birth:
January 9th, 1895 (Chatfield/Texas, United States)
Date of death:
September 12th, 1965 (Alexandria/Virginia, United States)
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
3rd Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1942
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of one of the subtask forces of the Western Task Force, in North Africa, in November 1942. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Truscott and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army."
AF, General Orders No. 28
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
3rd Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
February 7th, 1944
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding General, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces near Agrigento, Sicily, on 11 July 1943. Completely disregarding his own safety, General Truscott personally directed the successful operation which expended the 3d Division's Licata beachhead, and by his continuous presence with the forward elements, as well as his exemplary judgment and leadership, inspired his command to the early capture of Agrigento and the continuance of the attack northward. General Truscott's contact with the assault units was maintained in the face of intense artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, and he repeatedly exposed himself to this enemy fire in order to confer with the officers leading the attack and to keep them informed of the enemy situation. When certain elements were temporarily halted by an enemy counterattack he calmly and courageously assumed personal command and rallying his officers and men ordered a renewal of the attack, thereby regaining the initiative. By his intrepid direction, heroic leadership, and superior professional ability, General Truscott set an inspiring example for his command, reflecting the highest traditions of the armed forces."
War Department, General Orders No. 11
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
3rd Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1945
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, 3d Infantry Division, in Sicily and Italy, from March 1943 to February 1944. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Truscott and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army."
Truscott received the Oak Leaves for his second award. (War Department, General Orders No. 67)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant General
Unit:
V Army, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1945
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, V Army, in Italy, from December 1944 to July 1945. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Truscott and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army."
Truscott received the second Oak Leaves for his third award. (War Department, General Orders No. 67)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant General
Distinguished Service Medal - Navy/USMC

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