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Gen John Reed Hodge

Gen John Reed Hodge

Birth
Golconda, Pope County, Illinois, USA
Death 12 Nov 1963 (aged 70)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 34, Site: 157-A
Memorial ID 49205171 · View Source
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US Army General. His military career spanned World Wars I and II and Korea, and he commanded the US 3rd Army during the Korean War. After completing high school, he attended Southern Illinois Teachers College at Carbondale, Illinois and the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois. He joined the US Army Reserve and in 1917 he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant out of Officers Candidate School into the Infantry Reserve. During World War I he served in France and Luxembourg from 1918 to 1919, and then returned to the US and became a professor of military science at the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Mississippi State University), Starkville, Mississippi. From 1921 until 1925. In 1926 he attended US Army Infantry School after which he was stationed in Hawaii. From the late 1920s until the mid-1930s he served in other assignments as well as attending the US Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and the US Army Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field (now Maxwell Air Force Base), Alabama. When the US entered World War II in December 1941, he was part of the staff of the US Army 7th Corps. Promoted to the rank of brigadier general, he started his combat career as part of the staff of General Joseph Lawton "Lightning Joe" Collins in the Guadalcanal campaign. He then participated in the Bougainville campaign in 1943 to 1944 and was promoted to the rank of major general during the Philippines Campaign in 1944. In 1945 he served on Okinawa, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general that August, becoming the commander of the 24th Corps of the US 10th Army. From September 1945 until 1948 he served concurrently as the Commanding General of the 24th Corps, and also as the Commander of American Forces and the military governor of South Korea under the US Army Military Government in Korea and was also the commanding officer who received the surrender of all Japanese forces in Korea south of the 38th parallel. In 1948, after the Republic of Korea was established, he returned to the US to command the 5th US Army Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, he was named the Commanding General of the US 3rd Army, based in the US and not in Korea. In July 1952 he was promoted to the rank of general and became the Chief of Army Field Services, serving in this position until he retired in June 1953, with 36 years of continuous military service. Among his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal, the World War I Victory Medal with silver award star, the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 silver award stars and arrowhead device, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with "Japan" clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal with 3 award stars and arrowhead device. He died at the age of 70.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49205171
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen John Reed Hodge (12 Jun 1893–12 Nov 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49205171, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .