Ferenbaugh, Claude Birkett, LTG

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Lieutenant General
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00GC-Commanding General
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General Officer
Primary Unit
1955-1958, 00GD, 8th Army
Service Years
1918 - 1958


Lieutenant General

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New York
New York
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Date of Passing
Sep 10, 1975
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National Infantry Association (NIA)
  1947, National Infantry Association (NIA) [Verified]

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Claude Birkett Ferenbaugh

Lieutenant General

United States Army


 He served as the operations officer of the U.S. II Corps in Africa during World War II and commanded the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War.

Ferenbaugh was born in Dresden, New York on March 16, 1899. He attended the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1918 and receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant of

Having graduated from West Point in November, Ferenbaugh arrived in Europe too late to take part in World War I combat. Like many other junior officers in the same circumstances, he carried out an observation tour of European battlefields, including visits to France, Belgium and Germany.

Ferenbaugh remained in the Army after World War I. He was a 1920 graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, afterwards serving throughout the United States and overseas, including assignments at Fort Benning, Georgia, Vancouver, Washington, and in Hawaii and the Philippines.

In 1932 Ferenbaugh graduated from the Signal School Command Officer Course, 1932.

Ferenbaugh graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1937, and from the Army War College in 1940.

After service on the General Staff at the War Department, in 1943 Ferenbaugh was assigned as operations officer, G-3 of the U.S. II Corps, and was responsible for planning and overseeing execution of combat actions during the North African Campaign.

After his assignment with II Corps, Ferenbaugh served as assistant division commander of the 83rd Infantry Division.

Ferenbaugh’s service continued after World War II, including assignment as commander, of the Military District of Washington, chief of staff for the Operation Sandstone atomic tests, and commander at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He also served as president of the National Infantry Association in the late 1940s.

In 1951 Ferenbaugh was named commander of the 7th Infantry Division. His assignment also included membership on the Allied Negotiating Team that negotiated peace terms with North Korea.

LTG Claude B. Ferenbaugh (right), deputy Eighth Army commander, presents a check for $595 to Mrs. On Soon Whang, director of the Orphans' Home of Korea, Cheju Island. Chief of staff BG Dwight E. Beach observes. The check is the semi-annual interest on the orphanage's perpetual support trust fund. Stars and Stripes, March 1, 1955

From July 1953 to December 1954 Ferenbaugh was assigned as chief of staff for U.S. Army, Europe. In 1955 he returned to South Korea as deputy commander of the Eighth United States Army, remaining in this assignment until his 1958 retirement.

Ferenbaugh received multiple awards of the Distinguished Service Medal. He also received the Silver Star twice, the Legion of Merit three times, the Bronze Star twice, two awards of the

In retirement General Ferenbaugh resided in Washington, D.C. He died at his home on September 10, 1975 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 7, Site 8083 A, RH.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1920, Basic Infantry Officer Course (Fort Benning, GA), A
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
U.S. ArmyCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseArmy War College (Staff)II Corps
83rd Infantry DivisionArmy Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)7th Infantry Division
US Army Europe (USAREUR)8th Army
  1918-1919, American Expeditionary Force
  1936-1937, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1939-1940, Army War College (Staff)
  1942-1944, 2162, II Corps
  1944-1945, 00GD, 83rd Infantry Division
  1946-1948, 00GC, Army Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)
  1948-1950, 00GC, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1951-1953, 00GC, 7th Infantry Division
  1953-1954, 1987, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1955-1958, 00GD, 8th Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
  1918-1919 Occupation of Germany, 1919 to 1923
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Kasserine Pass
  1943-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of El Guettar
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1914-1918, United States Military Academy
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