Eschenburg, Emil, BG

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Branch Immaterial
Last Primary MOS
00GD-Commanding General (Deputy)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 00GD, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1939 - 1970

Branch Immaterial

Special Forces
Brigadier General

Ten Service Stripes

Fourteen Overseas Service Bars

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Date of Passing
Nov 25, 2004
Location of Interment
Montana State Veterans Cemetery - Helena, Montana
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) French Fourragere

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Last Known Activity
During the invasion of southern France, Eschenburg became lead scout (through booby traps and land mines) for his 200 men in the middle of the night after the landing. Later he was attached to the 6th Army and participated in the liberation of the Gironde Estuary in western France and the opening of the Port of Bordeaux to Allied shipping. On VE Day, Eschenburg’s outfit took over the Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich.
Eschenburg returned for stateside duty after the war, and then, during the Korean War in 1952, he commanded the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division.
Eschenburg’s outfit relieved the Marines who were holding the line next to the Panmunjom Corridor, and engaged in combat against the North Koreans and Chinese.
He served two tours in Vietnam as First Division’s assistant commander. While his superior was stateside, Eschenburg commanded the division during the intense combat of the Tet Offensive in 1968. Determined to continue to lead by example, he spent part of every day under fire with his men.
He also served as aqssistant commanndefr of the 101st Airborne Division in 1969.
Eschenburg retired from the Army in 1970 after 31 years of military duty, 23 years as a parachutist. He served in three wars, spent seven years in combat, fought in 16 battles and received 115 decorations — 77 of those for valor.
Other Comments:
this data about the number of awards is all over the internet. I suspect many of the valor awards are air medals. Still, I can't find anything showing he earned a one. Whatever the total, and I suspect this is true, Geneeral Eichelburg has to be one of the most decorated American warriors in our history. I found a lot of data during hours of research and am satisfied with the awards and information I posted for him. I would like to see his record from NPRC but am not going to start sending for those. I think this guy was a hell of a soldier and am glad I stumbled across his history during basic on-line research.
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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
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 Unit Assignments
1st Special Service Force (The Devil's Brigade)45th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Division Artillery (DIVARTY) 1st Infantry Division101st Airborne Division
  1942-1944, 1st Special Service Force (The Devil's Brigade)
  1944-1945, 2162, 45th Infantry Division
  1953-1953, 1542, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1953-1954, 1542, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 00GD, Division Artillery (DIVARTY) 1st Infantry Division
  1969-1970, 00GD, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Landing of Kiska Island 15 to 16 Aug 1943
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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