Wedemeyer, Albert Coady, GEN

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
General Staff
Last Primary MOS
00G1-Army General Officer (G1)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1951, 00GC, 6th Army (Sixth Army)
Service Years
1919 - 1951

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Home Town
Omaha, Nebraska
Last Address
Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Date of Passing
Dec 17, 1989
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery

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A 1919 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was a temporary Lieutenant Colonel at the outbreak of World War II in December 1941. His first major assignment had come earlier in the year when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the War Department to develop tactics to win the war that he believed the U.S. was destined to enter.

He was the only U.S. officer to graduate from the German Army General Staff College and used what he learned there to draw up what became known as the Victory Program, which advocated the defeat of the German armies on the European continent. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the U.S. declared war on both Germany and Japan, a modified version of his plan was adopted by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. This culminted with the invasion of France by Allied Forces in June 1944.

He remained with the War Deprtment until 1943 when he was assigned to be Chief of Staff for Lord Mountbatten, the British Admiral who was Commander in Chief of the Allies' Southeast Asia Command. He later became Commander of all U.S. Forces in China, then racked by Civil War.  In his report, which he later charged that President Harry Truman had suppressed, he called for U.S. military intervention in China. He was then assigned to the Pentagon for a period of time but after submitting his China Report he was named 6th Army Commanding General in San Francisco. Considering this a dead-end position, he submitted his retirement in 1951. He was promoted to Full General in 1954 by an Act of Congress. He published his memoirs, "Wedemeyer Reports," in 1958." He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan.

He died on December 17, 1989 at the age of 92 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Dade Embick (the daughter of Leiutenant General Stanley Dunbar Embick), whom he married in 1925; two sons, Albert Dunbar Wedemeyer of Boyds, Maryland, and Robert Dade Wedemeyer of Arivaca, Arizona; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren."

He is buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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United States Department of WarSoutheast Asia Command6th Army (Sixth Army)
  1941-1943, 00G1, United States Department of War
  1943-1945, 00G1, Southeast Asia Command
  1945-1951, 00GC, 6th Army (Sixth Army)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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United States Military AcademyCommand and General Staff College
  1915-1919, United States Military Academy
  1934-1936, Command and General Staff College
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