Major General Albert Whitney Waldron (January 13, 1892 – June 21, 1961) was a United States Army officer who served during World War II. He briefly replaced Major General Edwin F. Harding as the commander of the 32nd Infantry Division during the Battle of Buna–Gona and was wounded in the shoulder on 5 December 1942 after being shot by a sniper. He received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his actions during the war.[1][2]

Albert Whitney Waldron
Brigadier General Albert W. Waldron (center, facing forward) commanding the 32nd Division Artillery, discusses plans for an upcoming battle, 15 November 1942.
Born(1892-01-13)January 13, 1892
Rochester, New York
DiedJune 21, 1961(1961-06-21) (aged 69)
San Francisco, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1915−1946
Rank Major General
Service number0-3795
Unit Field Artillery Branch
Commands held1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery Regiment
Battles/warsPancho Villa Expedition
World War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal

Early military career edit

Brigadier Generals Hanford MacNider, Albert W. Waldron, and Clovis E. Byers recuperate in hospital in Australia after being wounded in the Battle of Buna-Gona.

Albert Whitney Waldron was born on January 13, 1892, in Rochester, New York. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1911 and graduated four years later as a part of "the class the stars fell on" (59 members of this class became general officers during World War II). For example: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, James Van Fleet, Henry Aurand, Stafford LeRoy Irwin, Paul J. Mueller, John W. Leonard, William E. R. Covell, Henry Aurand, Joseph T. McNarney, Roscoe B. Woodruff, Joseph May Swing, A. Arnim White, Thomas B. Larkin, and others. Waldron was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Branch of the United States Army on June 12, 1915.[3]

His first military assignment was with the 4th Field Artillery Regiment stationed at Texas City, Texas. His unit was subsequently transferred to the Brownsville, Texas, where he served until March 1916, when he participated in Pancho Villa Expedition. After seven months of service in Mexico, Waldron, promoted on July 1 to first lieutenant, returned to the United States in October 1916 and was stationed at Eagle Pass, Texas.[4]

He was promoted to captain on May 15, 1917, over a month after the American entry into World War I, and transferred to the 7th Field Artillery Regiment in July, which soon departed the United States for service on the Western Front, where Waldron would remain for the rest of the war.[5]

Decorations edit

Here is Major General Albert W. Waldron´s ribbon bar:

1st Row Distinguished Service Cross Army Distinguished Service Medal Purple Heart
2nd Row Mexican Service Medal World War I Victory Medal with four Battle Clasps Army of Occupation of Germany Medal American Defense Service Medal
3rd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two service stars American Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal French Croix de Guerre 1914–1918 with Palm

References edit

  1. ^ "Valor Awards for Albert W. Waldron". Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  2. ^ Cullum, George Washington (1950). "Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.: From Its Establishment, in 1802, to 1890; with the Early History of the United States Military Academy".
  3. ^ "Waldron, Albert W. - Military Hall of Valor". Retrieved August 18, 2013.
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