Dogface Soldier: The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. by Wilson A. Heefner

By Wilson A. Heefner

On July eleven, 1943, basic Lucian Truscott obtained the Army's second-highest ornament, the prestigious carrier go, for valor in motion in Sicily. in the course of his profession he additionally bought the military distinctive carrier Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the military exceptional carrier Medal, the Legion of benefit, and the red center. Truscott was once essentially the most major of all U.S. military generals in international warfare II, pioneering new strive against education methods—including the well-known “Truscott Trot”— and excelling as a strive against commander, turning the 3rd Infantry department into one of many most interesting divisions within the U.S. military. He was once instrumental in successful some of the most vital battles of the battle, engaging within the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, and southern France. Truscott used to be not just revered by way of his friends and “dogfaces”—common soldiers—alike but in addition ranked via President Eisenhower as moment in simple terms to Patton, whose command he took over on October eight, 1945, and led until eventually April 1946.            but no definitive historical past of his existence has been compiled. Wilson Heefner corrects that with the 1st authoritative biography of this amazing American army chief. Heefner has undertaken awesome learn in fundamental sources—as good as interviews with kinfolk and previous associates—to shed new gentle in this neglected hero. He offers Truscott as a soldier who used to be formed by means of his upbringing, civilian and armed forces schooling, kin lifestyles, friendships, and evolving stories as a commander either out and in of combat.Heefner’s brisk narrative explores Truscott’s profession via his 3 many years within the military and defines his roles in key operations. It additionally examines Truscott’s postwar position as army governor of Bavaria, relatively in bettering residing stipulations for Jewish displaced folks, elimination Nazis from civil govt, and aiding within the trials of German struggle criminals. And it bargains the 1st accomplished exam of his next profession within the imperative Intelligence company, the place he served as senior CIA consultant in West Germany in the course of the early days of the chilly struggle, and later as CIA Director Allen Dulles’s deputy director for coordination in Washington.Dogface Soldier is a portrait of a guy who earned a name for being sincere, forthright, fearless, and competitive, either as an army officer and in his own life—a guy who, on the commitment rite for the Anzio-Nettuno American cemetery in 1945, grew to become clear of the gang and to the hundreds of thousands of crosses stretching sooner than him to handle these buried there. Heefner has written a definitive biography of an outstanding soldier and patriot.

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9 Truscott’s class received 304 hours of instruction during their yearlong course. 10 There was an active social life at the school, beginning with the commandant’s reception and dance at the beginning of the academic year. Similar functions occurred weekly throughout the year, and there were many impromptu gatherings of officers and their wives. Formal receptions marked the arrival of all visiting dignitaries, such as the chief of staff of the Army and the chief of cavalry. 11 At some of the less formal gatherings alcoholic beverages were available, despite the fact that Prohibition was still the law of the land.

22 On April 29 Lucian K. , one of the “enthusiastic rookies of humbler background,” presented himself to the Regular Army examining officer in Muskogee as an officer candidate. He carried with him a notarized affidavit stating that he was a 1911 graduate of Stella High School but that papers attesting that fact had been lost in a fire that destroyed his father’s house in December 1916. He further certified that he had completed additional work in “Training classes” equivalent to the first year of college work.

The couple drew even closer during the following months. 45 Growing up in the Randolph home and thoroughly imbued from her earliest days with the traditions of her Randolph heritage, she learned all of the social amenities that were so important to the well-bred young ladies of the Virginia Randolphs. Her son Lucian described her as “a true southern gentlewoman . . ”46 The day after the marriage of Lucian and Sarah the 17th Cavalry received orders to move to San Francisco, where it would sail aboard an Army transport for Hawaii on or about April 5.

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