Harding, Edwin Forrest, MG

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Major General
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00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 00GC, 32nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1909 - 1946


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ken Logue-Deceased to remember Harding, Edwin Forrest (WW II - CG, 32nd ID), MG.

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Franklin, Ohio
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Date of Passing
Jun 05, 1970
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Buna was General Douglas MacArthur's first offensive campaign against Japanese troops in World War II. As supreme commander, Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA), MacArthur expected American soldiers to seize the Japanese forward base at Buna, on Papua New Guinea, speedily and without many casualties. After all, the SWPA intelligence officer, Brigadier General Charles Willoughby, assured MacArthur on the eve of the operation that there was 'little indication of an attempt to make a strong stand against the Allied advance.' The battered Japanese forces were closely defending the airstrip at Buna and had established an embarkation point to the west of the base–all pointing to a general withdrawal by sea. MacArthur and the officers and men of the U.S. 32nd Infantry Division, the unit ordered to take Buna, therefore expected a quick victory. They were told–and they believed–that Buna would be a pushover, taken in a few days from the emperor's understrength and already badly mauled forces. Unfortunately for the American soldiers, no one told that to the Japanese defenders.


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27th Infantry Regiment9th Infantry Division32nd Infantry Division
  1938-1941, 1542, 27th Infantry Regiment
  1941-1942, 00GD, 9th Infantry Division
  1942-1942, 00GC, 32nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
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United States Military Academy
  1905-1909, United States Military Academy
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