|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1884|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 1963|
Port Royal (Juniata County)
Major General Groninger, U.S.A., D.S.M., L.M., C.R., C.B.E. was born July 24, 1884 in Milford Twp., PA, a son of R. Elliot and Mary Belle (McLaughlin) Groninger. Homer died on September 26, 1963 in Port Royal, PA. He was married to the former Gertrude Pomeroy (1886-1959).
He was educated in the schools of Milford Township and Port Royal and was graduated from Airy View Academy in 1904. He entered United States Military Academy at West Point and following his graduation was appointed a second lieutenant of Cavalry on February 14, 1908.
He was assigned to the 5th Cavalry and served at various posts until he joined the Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916-1917.
He was instructor at the Officers' Training Camp, Plattsburg, N.Y. and at the Infantry School of Arms, Fort Sill, Okla.
He served on the War Department General Staff in Washington, D. C. and in France and Germany with the General Staff of American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
Upon his return to the United States in 1919, he served in the same capacity in Washington, D.C. until January 1922.
He was graduated from the Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kansas in June, 1922 and then entered the Command School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas completing the course as a "Distinguished Graduate" in June 1923. After service as an instructor in Tactics at the Cavalry School for two years, he entered the Army War College in Washington, D.C. and was graduated in 1926. He then was assigned to the faculty of U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Subsequently he was an instructor at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and 52nd Cavalry Brigade, National Guards, Harrisburg, PA. After service as Commanding Officer of the 11th Cavalry at Presidio of Monterey, Calf., he was assigned to command the Port of Embarkation, Brooklyn, NY in 1940 and in June 1945 was moved to the West Coast to command the San Francisco Port of Embarkation.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal: period October 1940-June 1945 and Legion of Merit: June 1945-May 1946.
His distinguished service citation states in part "This officer had direct charge of the largest movement of troops and supplies in the history of the world."
He was retired December 31, 1945 and came to Port Royal where he lives in a home he built on a farm owned by his family."
Source: Port Royal Sesqui-Centennial Book of 1962.
Submitted to the Family Newsletter by Beverly Groninger Robinson, Portland OR.
Family Newsletter, Tom Groninger, 1995 issue.
Robert Elliott Groninger (1856 - 1938)
Mary Belle McLaughlin Groninger (1864 - 1933)
Gertrude Murray Pomeroy Groninger (1886 - 1959)*
Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 20, 2008
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