Bolling, Alexander Russell, LTG

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Lieutenant General
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Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1952-1955, 00GC, 3rd Army
Service Years
1917 - 1955


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Satellite Beach, Florida

Date of Passing
Jun 04, 1964
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Lieutenant General Alexander Russell Bolling

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 28 August 1895. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1917. He was a student at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1915-1916. He graduated from the Infantry School in 1933 and from the Command and General Staff Course in 1935. In 1938 he graduated from the Army War College.

While in command of three widely separate platoons of the 4th Infantry, 3rd Division, in the Boise-des-Nesles, on the night of July 14, 1918, Second Lieutenant Bolling earned the Distinguished Service Cross by continually exposing himself to heavy gas and shell fire by going from one platoon to another.

         He commanded the 84th Infantry Division in the European Theater of  Operations during World War II.

He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1952 and assumed command of the Third U.S. Army. 

LTG Bolling's awards included the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal with Cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He was the recipient of numerous foreign decorations and awards.

Upon his retirement in 1955 he made his home in Satellite Beach, Florida. LTG Bolling died on June 4, 1964 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Other Comments:
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alexander R. Bolling, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in Bois-de-Nesles, France, July 14 - 15, 1918.
While in command of three widely separated platoons in the Bois-de-Nesles, on the night of July 14-15, Lieutenant Boiling continually exposed himself to very heavy gas and shell fire by going from one platoon to another.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Infantry Officer Advanced CourseCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseArmy War College (Staff)
Army Ground Forces8th Infantry Division84th Infantry DivisionDepartment of the Army (DA)
3rd Army
  1917-1919, HHC, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
  1933-1933, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1935-1935, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1938-1938, Army War College (Staff)
  1940-1943, 2010, Army Ground Forces
  1943-1944, 00GD, 8th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 00GC, 84th Infantry Division
  1950-1952, 00G2, Department of the Army (DA)
  1952-1955, 00GC, 3rd Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 Aisne Campaign/The Battle of Cantigny
  1918-1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign/Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Phase 1
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1915-1916, United States Naval Academy
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