Edward Postell King, Jr

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Edward Postell King, Jr

Birth
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Death 31 Aug 1958 (aged 74)
Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, USA
Burial Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 6848145 · View Source
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United States Army General. A career United States Army officer, he served in World War I as Chief Assistant to the Chief of Artillery and was Colonel Director of War Plans, at the Army War College. In 1940, he was promoted Brigadier General and sent to the Philippines as General Douglas MacArthur's second ranking ground officer. On March 11, 1942, General MacArthur left for Australia and General King became Major General in command of the Philippine-American forces on Bataan. On April 9, 1942, he was compelled to surrender the largest military force in American History. His courageous act saved the lives of thousands of his troops, who would have been annihilated by the Japanese if he had not surrendered. General King, with his men, spent three and half years as a captive and was often mistreated by Japanese. After their liberation as prisoners, he said he alone was responsible for the surrender but still was held in respect by his men and regarded as a hero.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Chuck Garland
  • Added: 12 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6848145
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Postell King, Jr (4 Jul 1884–31 Aug 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6848145, citing Saint John In the Wilderness Cemetery, Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .