Buckner, Simon Bolivar (Jr.)
- Date of birth:
- July 18th, 1886 (Munfordville/Kentucky, United States)
- Date of death:
- June 18th, 1945 (Okinawa, Japan)
- Buried on:
- Frankfort Cemetery
- Service number:
- American (1776 - present, Republic)
Lieutenant General Simon Buckner Jr. was killed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He was posthumously promoted to 4 star general.
14 February 1908: 2nd Lieutenant
5 August 1914: 1st Lieutenant
15 May 1917: Captain
27 September 1917: Temporary Major in the Signal Corps
24 January 1918 - 20 August 1919: Temporary Major of Infantry
1 July 1920: Major
1 April 1932: Lieutenant Colonel
11 January 1937: Colonel
1 September 1940: Brigadier General
4 August 1941: Major General
4 May 1943: Lieutenant General
19 July 1954: General of Army (postumously)
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant General
- Commanding General, Alaska Defense Command (ADC), U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. (ASN: 0-2370), United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, Alaskan Forces, during World War II.
War Department, General Orders No. 63
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility. As Commanding General of the TENTH Army during the successful conquest of Okinawa from the latter part of March to June 1945, he displayed exceptional ability in planning for the campaign and supervised the equipping of troops and their rigid training in preparation there for. He quickly established his lines of power of all units of all branches of the armed services under his command. His well-planned maneuver and masterful handling of troops were an inspiration to our fighting forces, who not only carried on against a most determined and well-fortified foe, but also contended with extremely adverse weather, when rain and mud made it most difficult to move troops and equipment. In addition to his many tactical problems, he governed and cared for thousands of the island's civilians. His mature judgment and professional excellence were directly responsible for our successful conquest of this important strategic base, from which operations can be readily conducted against the heart of the Japanese empire. His inspiring conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Military Service.
Commander in Chief: Serial 5497
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding General of the TENTH Army, in action against enemy forces on 18 June 1945. Lieutenant General Buckner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.