Loikow, George Edward, SGM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Branch Immaterial
Last Primary MOS
00H-Enlisted Aide
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1960-1968, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Service Years
1924 - 1968

Sergeant Major


Ten Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1908
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fairfax, VA
Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Sep 22, 2001
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 66

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

French Fourragere


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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1968, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Sergeant Major (SGM) George Edward Loikow, 93, who served Military Order of the World Wars for 19 years, as the Chief Administrative Officer, died in Fairfax, Virginia, Saturday, September 22, 2001, of a heart attack. He lived in Falls Church, Virginia. He had retired from MOWW in 1988 at the age of 80.
 

Sergeant Major Loikow was the United States Army’s last World War II glider serviceman to leave active duty and the first enlisted man to serve as Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army.


Loikow was the Chief Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) to three successive Army Chiefs of Staff and served as acting Sergeant Major of the Army pending formal establishment of that office in 1967 at Loikow’s suggestion. In 1968, at age 60, he retired from the Army.

 

George Edward Loikow enlisted in the United States Army in 1924 at the age of 16. He served in the Army until 1929 at which time he was discharged so he could assist his father in a delicatessen business in New Jersey.


After Pearl Harbor, he reenlisted in the Army. In April 1943, he transferred to the Headquarters of the 69th Infantry Division to become Division Sergeant Major at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Following this assignment he was transferred to the newly created First Allied Airborne Army in Europe. He participated in airborne operations until VE day.


Loikow spent the last eight years of his Army service as the Chief NCO to the Chief of Staff of the Army. For his service in the Army, Loikow received the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and Bronze Star along with numerous additional U.S. and foreign decorations.


Loikow was a member of the Fighting 69th Infantry Division Association and, although not an officer, a Special Companion in the MOWW, a special status awarded specifically to him in recognition of his many contributions to the Order.


Sergeant Major Loikow is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances Darby Loikow of Falls Church, Virginia; his son, John Darby Loikow and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Darby Hume Loikow, both of Washington, D.C. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery with full military honors.

   
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Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Airborne Glider BadgeParachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
69th Infantry Division1st Allied Airborne ArmyOffice of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1943-1944, 814, 69th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 1st Allied Airborne Army
  1960-1968, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1946 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
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