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James Alward Van Fleet, Sr
Birth: Mar. 19, 1892
Coytesville
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1992
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

United States Army General. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1915, he served his nation for 38 years, participating in campaigns from the Mexican Revolution through the Korean Conflict. His initial assignment was to the 3rd Infantry Division; the division, commanded by General John Pershing, was involved in the pursuit of Pancho Villa in 1916. During World War I, he commanded the 17th Machine Gun Battalion in France, earning two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. During the first years of World War II, he commanded the 8th Infantry Regiment stateside, and then led the regiment during its landing on Utah Beach, France on June 6, 1944. Promoted to Brigadier General, he was the assistant commander of the 2nd Infantry Division and then the commander of the 4th and the 90th Infantry Divisions under General George Patton. By March, 1945, he commanded his own Corps and had earned three stars. In 1947, he was sent to provide operating advice to the Greek government and to administer $400 million in aid. In April 1951, the four-star general became the commander of both the 8th United States Army and the United Nation Forces in Korea. He retired on March 31, 1953 but was recalled to active duty for a short time in 1961. Among his awards are 3 Distinguished Service Crosses, 4 Army Distinguished Service Medals, 3 Silver Stars, 3 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Hearts and, special to his heart, the Combat Infantry Badge. When he died in 1992, having lived seven months past his 100th birthday, he became the oldest living general officer in the United States. (bio by: Thom Painter) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Van Fleet (1833 - 1919)
  Medora Roxanne Scofield Van Fleet (1855 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  Helen Moore Van Fleet (1892 - 1984)
 
 Children:
  James Alward Van Fleet (1925 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 7 Lot 8195-A Grid V/W-24
 
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Originally Created by: chris trieble
Record added: Oct 17, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6859363
James Alward Van Fleet, Sr
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