Abrams, Creighton, GEN

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Last Rank
General
Last Service Branch
General Staff
Last Primary MOS
00G8-Army General Officer (G8)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1974, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
Service Years
1936 - 1974

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Springfield

Date of Passing
Sep 04, 1974
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Army Staff Identification Honorably Discharged WW II Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Secretary of Defense




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 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorWest Point Association of Graduates1st Armored Division Association
  1944, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1970, West Point Association of Graduates [Verified]
  1974, 1st Armored Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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ABRAMS, CREIGHTON WILLIAMS, JR.

(First Award)

Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (0-20296), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944, when two of his tank companies were out-flanked and seriously disorganized by an armored attack of superior forces. Quickly and accurately estimating the situation, Lieutenant Colonel Abrams unhesitatingly attacked the enemy force with his command tank, striking with such ferocity that the enemy was thrown into a state of confusion and his own forces were able to regroup. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams then daringly led his reorganized companies in a frontal assault which resulted in the complete rout of the enemy and the capture of a valuable position with a considerable amount of enemy supplies. His rapid and heroic action, undertaken with great initiative and brilliant leadership, was largely responsible for the successful action and was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 66 (1943)


ABRAMS, CREIGHTON WILLIAMS, JR.

(Second Award)

Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (0-20296), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1944, when he led his battle- weary battalion in an assault on a heavily defended town. When the advance was held up by a concealed enemy anti-tank gun, Lieutenant Colonel Abrams went forward in his command tank and destroyed the gun; his example inspiring his men to press on and take the town. Then, heedless of approaching darkness and strong enemy defenses, he brilliantly led his battalion on to a further objective. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 43 (1945)


Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII), 5@ Army Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, 3@ Silver Stars (WWII), Legion of Merit

(B) Abrams, Creighton W., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
(B) Abrams, Creighton W., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
(B) Abrams, Creighton W., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DDSM, 1st Award -
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DDSM, 2d Award -
(C) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSC, 1st Award - World War II
(C) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSC, 2d Award - World War II
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 1st Award -
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 2d Award -
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 3d Award -
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 4th Award -
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 5th Award -
(S) Abrams, Creighton Williams, Jr., USA - Awarded: DSM-AF -

   
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A little over fifty soldiers (and one sailor) received two Distinguished Service Crosses in World War Two. The sailor was John D. Bulkeley, who also received the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross and was one of the most highly decorated Americans of World War II. Among Army recipients of two Distinguished Service Crosses were Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., later the Chief of Staff of the Army, William O. Darby, one of the fathers of the U.S. Army Rangers, and Robert T. Frederick, commander of the U.S-Canadian 1st Special Service Force. Five men of the 82nd Airborne Division received two Distinguished Service Crosses: James M. Gavin, Arthur F. Gorham, Matthew B. Ridgway, Reuben Henry Tucker III and Benjamin H. Vandervoort.
   
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 Unit Assignments
HHT, 1st Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division4th Armored Division37th Tank Battalion
Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KYCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course63rd Tank Battalion
2nd Armored Cavalry RegimentArmy War College (Staff)IX CorpsArmy Garrisons
US Army Reserve Command (USARC)1st Brigade, 3rd Armored DivisionV CorpsMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1936-1939, 1203, HHT, 1st Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison
  1939-1939, 1203, HHT, 1st Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison
  1940-1940, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division
  1941-1942, 4th Armored Division
  1943-1944, 37th Tank Battalion
  1945-1945, 37th Tank Battalion
  1945-1945, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1946-1948, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
  1949-1949, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1949-1951, HHC, 63rd Tank Battalion
  1951-1952, HHT, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
  1953-1953, Army War College (Staff)
  1953-1954, IX Corps
  1954-1955, Army Garrison, Fort Knox, KY
  1956-1959, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1959-1960, 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division
  1960-1962, 3rd Armored Division
  1962-1963, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1963-1964, V Corps
  1964-1967, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1967-1972, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1972-1974, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1932-1936, United States Military Academy
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