Throckmorton, John Lathrop, GEN

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00GC-Commanding General
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1969-1973, United States Strike Command (STRICOM)
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1935 - 1973



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Throckmorton, John Lathrop, GEN USA(Ret).
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Kansas City
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Fayetteville, NC

Date of Passing
Feb 13, 1986
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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General John Lathrop Throckmorton (February 28, 1913–February 13, 1986) was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 28, 1913. After graduating from Culver Military Academy in 1931 he attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy on June 12, 1935, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry.

In World War II, he was assigned to the G3 Section, First Army in the European Theater from 1943 to 1946. After the war, he served in the TAC Department at West Point from 1946 to 1949. He took command of a battalion in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in Hawaii from 1949 to 1950 and later became the regimental combat team commander from 1950 to 1951 during the Korean War. After the war, he attended the National War College in 1954, and later became Commandant of Cadets at West Point from 1956 to 1959.

He served from 1959 to 1960 as Assistant Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division, followed by an assignment as Secretary General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff Army from 1960 to 1962.

He took command of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1962 to 1964, then deployed to Vietnam as Deputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, from 1964 to 1965. His service in Vietnam was followed by an assignment as Deputy Commander, Office of the Chief Army Reserve from 1965 to 1966.

 He held successive commands as Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps (1967), Commanding General, Third United States Army, (1967-1969), and Commanding General, Strike Command, (1969-1973).

General Throckmorton retired in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1973. He died on February 13, 1986 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery next to his wife, Regina Theresa Higgins, whom he married on October 16, 1937. The library at Fort Bragg is named in his honor.

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Born at Kansas City, Missouri, February 28, 1913, he graduated from the Culver Military Academy in 1931 and from West Point in 1935. He also graduated from the National War College in 1954. He married Regina Theresa Higgins on October 16, 1937.

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1935 and advanced through the grades to General in 1969. He was commander of the 5th Regimental Combat Team, Korean War, 1950-51; Commandant of Cadets at West Point, 1956-59; Division Commander, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1962-64; Commanding General, Third Army, 1967-69; Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Strike Command, McDill Air Force Base, Florida from 1969.

His wife, Regina Theresa Higgins Throckmorton (August 13, 1915-October 19, 1990), is buried with him.

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In 1974, the 101st Airborne was reorganized as an air assault division.
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Dunaway, George (Soldier's So, SMA, (1943-1970) Sergeant Major
Tatum, Paul, LTC, (1947-1972) First Sergeant
Beers, Jack Blaine, MSG, (1951-1969) Staff Sergeant
Ricci, Arthur, MSG, (1953-1973) Staff Sergeant
Wages, James Lewis, SFC, (1958-1968) Specialist 5
Hurt, Jack, PFC, (1958-1961) Private (E-2)
Westmoreland, William Childs, GEN, (1932-1972) IN 1542 Major General
Greeson, Jon, LTC, (1955-1987) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Geisel, Frank, COL, (1945-1981) EN 1331 Captain
McKee, Michael, CPT, (1955-1965) IN 71542 Captain
Meyer, Jules Raymond, LTC, (1943-1970) IN Captain
Prichard, Grady, CPT, (1955-1961) SC Captain
Whittle, Buzz, CPT, (1960-1985) AV 152C Captain
Palmer, William (Bill), COL, (1957-1987) IN Second Lieutenant
Riley, Robert, CW2, (1959-1979) EN 1221 Chief Warrant Officer 2
Ryals, Kenneth, SGM, (1946-1968) IN Sergeant Major
Merritt, Richard, MSG, (1960-1983) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
Rowland, George Clayton, 1SG, (1954-1968) OD 63Z50 Master Sergeant
Daniels, Charles, SFC, (1953-1980) IN 111.67 Sergeant First Class
Matthews, Donald, SFC, (1948-1975) QM 57E10 Sergeant First Class
Moran, William, SFC, (1957-1977) IN 11C20 Sergeant First Class
Wilson, Napoleon, SFC, (1958-1985) MD 91C20 Sergeant First Class
Schimpf, John, SSG, (1957-1966) IN 112.6 Staff Sergeant
Adams, John, SGT, (1956-1959) IN 112.7 Sergeant
Anderson, Curtis, SGM, (1955-1976) MP 95B10 Sergeant
Auter, James, SGT, (1958-1961) OD Sergeant
Burke, Jim, SGT, (1960-1963) IN 111.67 Sergeant
Buswell, John, SGT, (1958-1967) QM 76Q Sergeant
Gifford, Robert, SGT, (1954-1964) CA Sergeant
Kitaen, Terry, SGT, (1956-1959) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Larrimer, John, SGT, (1959-1962) AR Sergeant
Locke, George, SGT, (1957-1963) IN 1745 Sergeant
McDonald, James, SGT, (1958-1961) IN 1745 Sergeant
Price, Doug, SGT, (1958-1965) IN 111.67 Sergeant
Schultz, Harold, SGT, (1959-1964) IN 111.67 Sergeant
Stevens, Lowell Wesley, Sr., MSG, (1959-1980) IN 111.1 Sergeant
Sorenson, Larry, CPL, (1957-1959) IN 111.1 Corporal
Sydeski, Samuel, CPL, (1960-1963) FA 13A10 Corporal
Lee, James, SP 6, (1960-1973) MD 01L Specialist 6
Cascarella, Roberto, SP 5, (1960-1966) IN 11B20 Specialist 5
Grear, David, SP 5, (1958-1961) IN 111.67 Specialist 5
Hudgins, Will, SP 5, (1947-1961) JA Specialist 5
Mayfield, Joe C, MAJ, (1955-1978) IN 11B10 Specialist 5
Trainor, Barry, SP 5, (1959-1962) IN 111.1 Specialist 5
Ballinger, Steve, SP 4, (1960-1963) IN 111.1 Specialist 4
Bargas, Louis, SP 4, (1957-1960) IN 111.67 Specialist 4
Durante, Hank, SP 4, (1958-1961) MP 4677 Specialist 4
Fett, Larry, SP 4, (1957-1960) IN 111.6 Specialist 4
Foster, Delos, SP 4, (1959-1962) EN 821.10 Specialist 4
Gleason, Joseph, SP 4, (1957-1962) IN 111.1 Specialist 4
Howard, Robert Lewis, COL, (1956-1992) IN 11B20 Specialist 4
Martinson, Leroy Clayton, SFC, (1960-1968) IN 111.1 Specialist 4
Miller, Thomas, SP 4, (1958-1961) IN 111.1 Specialist 4
Morrissey, John, SP 4, (1958-1961) IN 111.1 Specialist 4
Nowicki, Carl, SP 4, (1958-1961) AG 00E Specialist 4
Okey, Ken, SP 4, (1960-1963) IN 111.67 Specialist 4
Parker, Alan R., SP 4, (1960-1962) SC 701 Specialist 4

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