Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Fosters in:
 • United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
 • West Point
 • Orange County
 • New York
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Gen Hugh F. Foster, Jr
Birth: Mar. 2, 1918
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 2004
Doylestown
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Military Figure, US Army General. After graduating the US Military Academy at West Point in 1941, Foster joined the 4th Signal Co., 4th Infantry Division. His assignment was to train 17 Comanche soldiers as "code talkers" at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Because the Comanches have no written language, he kept a notebook of the code's phonetic spellings. He also had to translate modern military terms into the Comanche language to make those terms indecipherable to enemy forces. The Comanches served in Europe, and were among the first Allied troops landing in Normandy, France, on D-Day. Navajo code talkers served with US Marines in the Pacific. Foster served later in World War II in North Africa and Italy after leaving the Comanches basic training. Later in life, he became an honorary member of the Comanche tribe and was given the name meaning "Telephone Red Sash," which referred to his code work and apparel of Army officers in the late 1800s. Foster also taught electrical engineering at West Point and the US Naval Academy. Additionally, he led the 1st Signal Brigade in Vietnam. He retired as a Major General. He died at his home in December and was later buried at West Point on 3 January 2005. (bio by: Edmond Spaeth) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Hugh Franklin Foster (1891 - 1972)
  Martha Irene Reiners Foster (1893 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Jane Schneider Foster (1924 - 2005)*
 
 Children:
  Harry D. Foster (1949 - 2002)*
 
 Sibling:
  Infant Son Foster (1917 - 1917)*
  Hugh F. Foster (1918 - 2004)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section XXIII, Row BB, Grave 005
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Edmond Spaeth
Record added: Feb 12, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10464450
Gen Hugh F. Foster, Jr
Added by: Fred Beisser
 
Gen Hugh F. Foster, Jr
Added by: Kate Foster
 
Gen Hugh F. Foster, Jr
Added by: Kate Foster
 
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Memorial Flower
 Added: May. 22, 2014

- sniksnak
 Added: May. 17, 2014
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: May. 10, 2014
There are 70 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 28 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service