Andrus, Clift, MG

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Major General
Last Primary MOS
00GD-Commanding General (Deputy)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1949-1952, 00GD, Second Army (2nd Army)
Service Years
1912 - 1952
Major General

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Washington, D.C.

Date of Passing
Sep 30, 1968
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Scabbard and Blade Association
  1911, Scabbard and Blade Association [Verified]

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Artilleryman Took Over in Battle of the Bulge – Later Deputy Chief of 2nd Army

WASHINGTON, October 1, 1968 – Major General Clift Andrus, USA, retired, who commanded the First Infantry Division in its final campaigns of World War II, died Sunday in Walter Reed Army Medical Center of a heart ailment.  He was 77 years old.

General Andrus was known as Mr. Chips in uniform, a reference to James Hilton’s fictional schoolmaster.  The general had a small mustache, graying, sandy hair and gray eyes and smoked a pipe, played chess and read Dickens and Mark Twain in the field.  He was said to give orders in the calm tones of a teacher addressing a class and was renowned for his coolness under fire.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, General Andrus was commanding the 24th Infantry Division Artillery.  His units were credited with being the first to roll, being emplaced and ready to defend the beached within 35 minutes after the first bomb dropped.

Later he commanded the First Infantry Division’s artillery in all of its World War II campaigns – in North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium and Germany – until he was named division commander in December 1944.  

The General led the “Fighting First” from the Battle of the Bulge to its last combat action in Falkenau, Czechoslovakia.

General Andrus, born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of an Army Colonel, attended Cornell University, but left in 1911 to join the Army.  He was an instructor at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in World War I, then attended the Command General Staff School, the Army War College and the Naval War College.

After World War II, General Andrus commanded Fort Sill from 1945 to 1949, was Assistant Army Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations at the Pentagon in 1949, and was named Deputy Commander of the Second Army at Fort Meade, Maryland, in 1950.  He retired from that post in October 1952.

In 1951 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Drexel Institute of Technology.

General Andrus was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Soldier’s Medal and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Surviving are his widow, the former Marion Lightfoot; a daughter, Mrs. Marion Seferlis of Garrett Park, Maryland; a brother, Cowles Andrus of Lake Shawnee, New Jersey, and a grandchild.

A funeral service will be held at 1:45 P.M. today at the Fort Myer, Virginia, chapel.  Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Other Comments:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clift Andrus, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in July 1943.

Brigadier General Andrus' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1943)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1912, Field Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course (Fort Sill, OK), A
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
U.S. ArmyCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseArmy War College (Staff)Naval War College
24th Infantry DivisionDivision Artillery (DIVARTY) 1st Infantry Division1st Infantry DivisionArmy Garrison, Fort Sill, OK
Department of the Army (DA)Second Army (2nd Army)
  1927-1928, 1198, Field Artillery Officers' Advance Course
  1928-1930, 1193, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1933-1934, 1193, Army War College (Staff)
  1934-1935, 1193, Naval War College
  1939-1942, 1193, 24th Infantry Division
  1942-1944, 00GC, Division Artillery (DIVARTY) 1st Infantry Division
  1944-1946, 00GC, 1st Infantry Division
  1946-1949, 00GC, Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OK
  1949-1949, 00G3, DA/Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (DCSOPS)
  1949-1952, 00GD, Second Army (2nd Army)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1942-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Sidi Bouzid
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
 Colleges Attended 
Cornell UniversityArmy Staff CollegeArmy War CollegeNaval War College
Drexel University
  1908-1912, Cornell University
  1928-1930, Army Staff College
  1933-1934, Army War College
  1934-1935, Naval War College
  1951-1951, Drexel University
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