Gruenther, Alfred, GEN

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
2010-Chief of Staff
Primary Unit
1953-1956, 00GC, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Service Years
1918 - 1956
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Field Artillery


Six Overseas Service Bars

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Contact Info
Home Town
Platte Center
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
May 30, 1983
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Artillery Shoulder Cord

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Served as president of the American Red Cross from 1957 - 1964.

Youngest 4 - star general in US Army history.
Other Comments:
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseArmy War College (Staff)United States Department of War
32nd Artillery Brigade (Air Defense)Allied Forces, HQ5th Army (Fifth Army)15th Army Group
US Forces Austria (USFA)National War CollegeJoint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  1919-1920, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1936-1937, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1938-1939, Army War College (Staff)
  1940-1941, United States Department of War
  1941-1942, 2010, 32nd Artillery Brigade (Air Defense)
  1942-1943, 2162, Allied Forces, HQ
  1943-1944, 2010, 5th Army (Fifth Army)
  1944-1945, 2010, 15th Army Group
  1945-1945, 00GD, US Forces Austria (USFA)
  1945-1947, 00GD, National War College
  1947-1949, 2010, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1949-1951, 00G3, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1951-1953, 2010, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
  1953-1956, 00GC, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1942-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyBates College
  1915-1918, United States Military Academy
  1957-1958, Bates College
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