Harper, Joseph H., MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00G2-Army General Officer (G2)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1954, Field Artillery Training Center Staff (USATCFA), Fort Sill
Service Years
1923 - 1959


Major General

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Home Town
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Last Address
Still Pond, Kent County

Date of Passing
Aug 08, 1990
Location of Interment
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
 Life Member
  1945, Military Order of World Wars (MOWW), Life Member

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The Ardennes - Battle of the Bulge
On 16 December, 1944, the Germans launched an offensive in the west through the Ardennes Forest. The 101st Airborne Division was ordered to the vitally important town of Bastogne.Bastogne was the key to the German counteroffensive and had to be held at all cost by the 101st. The Regiment arrived at Bastogne on 19 December following a hundred mile truck march. The 327th immediately assumed a defensive sector south of Bastogne. By 22 December the Germans had completely surrounded Bastogne and on the 23rd the German Commander offered terms of surrender to General McAuliffe, the acting Division Commander.

His reply was “Nuts.” The German delegation had come through the 327th sector and Colonel Harper was given the responsibility of relaying General McAuliffe’s response.The Germans said they did not understand. Colonel Harper replied, “The reply is decidedly not affirmative – in plain English, it is the same as ‘Go to Hell.’ Men of A Company 327th GIR in Austria circa 1945 (Courtesy: Mike Martin) Although encircled and outnumbered, American forces withstood all attempts by the Germans to take positions, including Germans dressed in American uniforms. The 327th Regiment held for nine days, until relieved by the 4th Armored Division. Despite suffering heavy causalities, the Regiment took 750 prisoners, knocked out 144 Nazi tanks and 105 other enemy vehicles. For its actions as a unit in the defense of Bastogne, the 327th the Regimental motto “Bastogne Bulldog.”

(picture above: Men of A Company of the 327th GIR in Austria circa 1945.)
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1922, Basic Infantry Officer Course (Fort Benning, GA), A
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GASoutheastern Signal School (Staff) Fort MonmouthCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Course1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)Field Artillery Training Center Staff (USATCFA), Fort Sill
  1931-1935, HHC, Infantry School, Headquarters Command, Infantry Center, Fort Benning, GA
  1935-1940, HHC, Southeastern Signal School (Staff) Fort Monmouth, NJ
  1941-1941, 1542, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1944-1945, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
  1947-1949, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1950-1951, 1542, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1954-1954, Headquarters, US Army Infantry School
  1954-1954, Field Artillery Training Center Staff (USATCFA), Fort Sill
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
 Colleges Attended 
University of Delaware
  1918-1922, University of Delaware
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