Rusk, David Dean, COL

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1543-Infantry Heavy Mortar Unit Commander
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Infantry (Officer)
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1945-1946, Washington Headquarters Services, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
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1940 - 1946
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Cherokee County, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia

Date of Passing
Dec 20, 1994
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Oconee Hill Cemetery - Athens, Georgia
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Plot: Section J Lot Se 1/4 13
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US Presidential Cabinet Secretary. From 1961 until 1969, he served as the United States Secretary of State during the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Born David Dean Rusk, in Cherokee County, Georgia, into impoverished circumstances, his father was a Presbyterian minster whom struggled with illness for which forced him into the occupation of farmer, his mother was a schoolteacher. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College in North Carolina and during his collegiate years, he distinguished himself as a standout athlete whom participated on the school' s basketball team. After attending Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, he attained his Bachelors of Science and Master of Arts degrees from St. John's College. After the United States was thrust into World War II, Rusk enlisted with the Army and was stationed in the China-Burma-India Theater. He attained the rank of colonel and was the recipient of the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters. It was during this period in which Rusk developed a vast knowledge of the region for which served him well during his tenure as US Secretary of State. After his return home, he served as an advisor to General George Marshall and later Secretary of State Dean Acheson. From 1952 until his appointment by President Kennedy for Secretary of State, Rusk served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation for which prioritized efforts in improving environmental conditions for poor nations worldwide. As Secretary of State, Rusk provided key advisement to President Kennedy during the "Cuban Missile Crisis" (1962) and recommended the "quarantine" policy which prevented Soviet vessels from transporting additional missiles. After the Soviets backed down, Rusk made the famous quote "We've been eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked". Following President Kennedy's assassination, Rusk remained on President Johnson's cabinet and during that period, he was a stalwart supporter of the administration's policy on the Vietnam conflict. After leaving Washington, DC in 1969, he returned to his native Georgia where he taught law at the University of Georgia. Additionally, he was the author of several books. He died at the age of 95 in Athens, Georgia.
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3rd Infantry Division
The 3rd Infantry Division is a combined arms division of the United States Army at Fort StewartGeorgia. It is a direct subordinate unit of the XVIII Airborne Corps and U.S. Army Forces Command. Its current organization includes a division headquarters and headquarters battalion, two armored brigade combat teams, one National Guard infantry brigade combat team, a task force unit, one aviation brigade, a division artillery, a sustainment brigade and a combat sustainment support battalion along with a maneuver enhancement brigade. The division has a distinguished history, having seen active service in World War IWorld War II, the Korean WarVietnam War, and the Global War on Terror. The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 56 members of the 3rd Infantry Division, making the division the most honored in the Army.
The division fought in France in World War I. In World War II, it landed with Gen. Patton's task force in a contested amphibious landing on the coast of Morocco, North Africa, overwhelming Vichy French defenders in November 1942. In 1943, the division invaded Sicily in July, and invaded Italy at Salerno in September, before fighting in France and finally Germany. Medal of honor recipient  Audie Murphy, featured in the Hollywood movie, "To Hell and Back," was a member. The division also served in the Korean War. From 1957 until 1996, the division was a major part of the United States Army's presence in the NATO alliance in West Germany.

"The Rock of the Marne" (Special Designation), Rock of the Marne


Motto(s);     Nous Resterons Là(We Shall Remain There)


Commander: Joseph Theodore Dickman (October 6, 1857 - October 23, 1927) was a United States Army officer who saw service in five wars, rising to the rank of major general.Dickman was given command of the 3rd Infantry Division in November 1917, at the onset of the United States' entrance into World War I. He deployed the 3rd Division to France aboard the Leviathan at noon, on March 4, 1918. He was the 3rd Division commander at Chateau-Thierry in May 1918 and was made famous at the Second Battle of the Marne in July 1918. While allied forces on both flanks retreated, the 3rd Division stood fast in the face of enemy offensives, which led to their moniker, "The Rock of the Marne."


Joseph T. Dickman
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Commander: Robert Lee Howze (August 22, 1864 - September 19, 1926) was a United States Army major general who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Indian Wars.
During World War I Howze was promoted to major general and placed in command of the 38th Infantry Division, which fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in October 1918. He served as commander of the 3rd Division during their march on the Rhine River, and commanded the Third Army of Occupation in Germany in 1919. He was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the French Croix de Guerre, and French Legion of Honor for his service in command of the Third Army.

Howze's last assignment was to preside over the court-martial of Colonel Billy Mitchell, who had made public comments in response to the Navy dirigible USS Shenandoah crashing in a storm
The crash killed 14 of the crew and Mitchell issued a statement accusing senior leaders in the Army and Navy of incompetence and "almost treasonable administration of the national defense." In November 1925 he was court-martialed at the direct order of President Calvin Coolidge




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Commander; General Lucian King Truscott Jr. (January 9, 1895 - September 12, 1965) was a highly decorated senior United States Army officer, who saw distinguished active service during World War II. Between 1943-45, he successively commanded the 3rd Infantry DivisionVI CorpsFifteenth Army and Fifth Army. He and Alexander Patch were the only U.S. Army officers to command a division, a corps, and a field army in combat during the war.
In 1942, Truscott, now a colonel, was instrumental in developing an American commando unit patterned after the British Commandos. The American unit was activated by Truscott (newly promoted to the rank of brigadier general on June 19, 1942) as the 1st Ranger Battalion, and placed under the command of Major William Orlando Darby.




Truscott as a captain .


World War 1 :

MOH Recipient : PFC John Lewis Barkley (August 28, 1895 - April 14, 1966) U.S. Army, Company K, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division. 
Private First Class Barkley, who was stationed in an observation post half a kilometer from the German line, on his own initiative repaired a captured enemy machinegun and mounted it in a disabled French tank near his post. Shortly afterward, when the enemy launched a counterattack against our forces, Private First Class Barkley got into the tank, waited under the hostile barrage until the enemy line was abreast of him and then opened fire, completely breaking up the counterattack and killing and wounding a large number of the enemy. Five minutes later an enemy 77-millimeter gun opened fire on the tank pointblank. One shell struck the drive wheel of the tank, but this soldier nevertheless remained in the tank and after the barrage ceased broke up a second enemy counterattack, thereby enabling our forces to gain and hold Hill 25.


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MOH Recipient: LT General George Price Hays (September 27, 1892 - August 7, 1978) was a United States Army general who served during World War1and World War11. He earned the Medal of Honor as a young artillery officer during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. During World War II, he commanded the 10th Mountain Division in the last few months of the Italian Campaign.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1917, and by July 14, 1918, was a first lieutenant serving in France With  the 10th Field Artillery Regiment3rd Division. On that day, during the Second Battle of the Marne near Greves Farm, his unit came under a heavy German artillery barrage and the communication lines were destroyed. Despite the intense fire, Hays rode on horseback between his unit, the command post, and two French batteries for the rest of that day and the next. Although he was severely wounded and had seven horses shot out from under him, his efforts contributed to the halt of the German advance. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor the next year, in 1919.


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World War II:

MOH Recipient: PVT 
Herbert F. Christian (June 18, 1912 - June 3, 1944) For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 2-3 June 1944, at 1 a.m., Pvt. Christian elected to sacrifice his life in order that his comrades might extricate themselves from an ambush. Braving massed fire of about 60 riflemen, 3 machineguns, and 3 tanks from positions only 30 yards distant, he stood erect and signaled to the patrol to withdraw. The whole area was brightly illuminated by enemy flares. Although his right leg was severed above the knee by cannon fire, Pvt. Christian advanced on his left knee and the bloody stump of his right thigh, firing his submachine gun. Despite excruciating pain, Pvt. Christian continued on his self-assigned mission. He succeeded in distracting the enemy and enabled his 12 comrades to escape. He killed 3 enemy soldiers almost at once. Leaving a trail of blood behind him, he made his way forward 20 yards, halted at a point within 10 yards of the enemy, and despite intense fire killed a machine-pistol man. Reloading his weapon, he fired directly into the enemy position. The enemy appeared enraged at the success of his ruse, concentrated 20-mm. machinegun, machine-pistol and rifle fire on him, yet he refused to seek cover. Maintaining his erect position, Pvt. Christian fired his weapon to the very last. Just as he emptied his submachinegun, the enemy bullets found their mark and Pvt. Christian slumped forward dead. The courage and spirit of self-sacrifice displayed by this soldier were an inspiration to his comrades and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.


Herbert F. Christian
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MOH Recipient: Tech. 5th Grade Eric Gunnar Gibson (October 3, 1919 - January 28, 1944) For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On January 28, 1944, near Isolabella, Italy, Tech. 5th Grade Gibson, company cook, led a squad of replacements through their initial baptism of fire, destroyed four enemy positions, killed 5 and captured 2 German soldiers, and secured the left flank of his company during an attack on a strongpoint. Placing himself 50 yards in front of his new men, Gibson advanced down the wide stream ditch known as the Fosso Femminamorta, keeping pace with the advance of his company. An enemy soldier allowed Tech. 5th Grade Gibson to come within 20 yards of his concealed position and then opened fire on him with a machine pistol. Despite the stream of automatic fire which barely missed him, Gibson charged the position, firing his submachine gun every few steps. Reaching the position, Gibson fired pointblank at his opponent, killing him. An artillery concentration fell in and around the ditch; the concussion from one shell knocked him flat. As he got to his feet Gibson was fired on by two soldiers armed with a machine pistol and a rifle from a position only 75 yards distant. Gibson immediately raced toward the foe. Halfway to the position a machinegun opened fire on him. Bullets came within inches of his body, yet Gibson never paused in his forward movement. He killed one and captured the other soldier. Shortly after, when he was fired upon by a heavy machinegun 200 yards down the ditch, Gibson crawled back to his squad and ordered it to lay down a base of fire while he flanked the emplacement. Despite all warning, Gibson crawled 125 yards through an artillery concentration and the cross fire of 2 machineguns which showered dirt over his body, threw 2 hand grenades into the emplacement and charged it with his submachine gun, killing 2 of the enemy and capturing a third. Before leading his men around a bend in the stream ditch, Gibson went forward alone to reconnoiter. Hearing an exchange of machine pistol and submachine gun fire, Gibson's squad went forward to find that its leader had run 35 yards toward an outpost, killed the machine pistol man, and had himself been killed while firing at the Germans.

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With the United States' entry into World War II on the horizon, Rusk joined the U.S. Army in 1940, serving first with the Third Infantry Division, then in the Military Intelligence Service. He served from 1943 to 1945 in the China-Burma-India theater, where he began a lifelong interest in Asian affairs. Achieving the rank of colonel at the end of the war, Rusk joined the general staff in the War Department in Washington, D.C. There he had the opportunity to work with General George Marshall, who would soon become secretary of state and author of the Marshall Plan to assist the war-wrecked nations of Europe"

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3rd Infantry Division

Thompson, Charles, MG, (1904-1945) Major General
Truscott, Lucian King Jr., GEN, (1917-1947) Major General
O'Daniel, John Wilson, LTG, (1916-1955) Brigadier General
Gavin, James Maurice, LTG, (1924-1958) Captain
Kerwin, Walter T., Jr., GEN, (1939-1978) Captain
Olson, Arlo Laverne, CPT, (1941-1943) Captain
Rosson, William Bradford, GEN, (1940-1975) Captain
Ahrens, Kevin, SP 4, (1983-1987) Specialist 4
Arness, James, Cpl, (1943-1945) Corporal
Carmichael, Wilbur N., PFC, (1941-1944) Private First Class
Daly, Michael Joseph, CPT, (1943-1946) Private First Class
Anderson, Jonathan, MG, (1911-1945) USA 00GC Major General
Eagles, William, MG, (1917-1953) USA 00GD Brigadier General
Ridley, Clarence, MG, (1905-1947) USA 00GD Brigadier General
Ritter, William, BG, (1917-1950) IN 1542 Colonel
Roper, Harry, MG, (1923-1955) FA Colonel
Gile, David Albert, COL, (1940-1972) IN 1560 Captain
Dunham, Russell E., T/SGT, (1940-1946) IN 566 Technical Sergeant
Adams, Lucian, S/SGT, (1943-1945) IN 746 Staff Sergeant
Addis, Gerald, S/SGT, (1941-1944) IN Staff Sergeant
Bender, Stanley, S/SGT, (1939-1945) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Kaufman, Loren R., SFC, (1941-1951) IN 745 Sergeant
Olson, Truman O., Sgt, (1942-1944) IN 745 Sergeant
Poissonnier, Arthur, Sgt, (1943-1945) IN Sergeant
Vaillancourt, Marshall, Sgt, (1942-1945) AR 610 Sergeant
Peden, Forrest E., T/5, (1943-1945) FA 586 Technician Fifth Grade
Wounaris, Steve, T/5, (1941-1943) MD 657 Technician Fifth Grade
Ciarlo, Corado A., PFC, (1943-1944) IN 111.07 Private First Class
Demarais, Pete, PFC, (1941-1943) IN 522 Private First Class
Geyer, Miles Robert, PFC, (1942-1944) UN 00E Private First Class
Grotzinger, Henry Conrad, PFC, (1941-1944) UN 00E Private First Class
Hall, Francis Gale, PFC, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Hull, Henry R., PFC, (1943-1946) IN 345 Private First Class
K9, Chips, Sgt, (1942-1945) MP 4582K9 Private First Class
Kelley, Leroy K, PFC, (1943-1945) SC 776 Private First Class
Lindstrom, Floyd Kenneth, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Milby, William Levi, PFC, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Stauff, Raymond, M/SGT, (1941-1945) IN 521 Private First Class
Valdez, Jose, PFC, (1943-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Bradshaw, Charles R, PVT, (1942-1943) IN 745 Private
Lagow, James Harlin, PVT, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
LeMaster, Ross Cyrus, PVT, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
Mazza, Vincent A., PVT, (1942-1943) IN 745 Private
Morgan, Melvin Oliver, PVT, (1942-1943) IN 745 Private
Williams, Raymond Harold, PVT, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
Wright, Harold Clyde, PVT, (1942-1943) IN 745 Private
Britt, Maurice Lee, CPT, (1941-1944) Captain
Conner, Garlin Murl, 1LT, (1941-1945) First Lieutenant
Kandle, Victor Leonard, 1LT, (1940-1944) First Lieutenant
Craig, Robert, 2LT, (1941-1944) Second Lieutenant
Crooks, Leonidas M., 1ST SGT, (1942-1945) First Sergeant
Lyman, Clisbee Nielson, Sgt, (1943-1946) Sergeant
Soland, Raymond T., T/5 Technician Fifth Grade
Robinson, Gordon Lee, MSG, (1942-1964) Private First Class
Squires, John C., Sgt, (1943-1944) Private First Class

Mickle, Gerald, BG, (1918-1946) IN Lieutenant Colonel

Ipox, Claude Eugene, Sgt, (1940-1945) Sergeant

Landrum, Eugene, MG, (1910-1951) IN Colonel

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