Alexander R. Bolling
Alexander Russell Bolling
Lieutenant General Alexander R. Bolling
|Born||August 28, 1895|
|Died||June 4, 1964 (aged 68)|
Satellite Beach, Florida
|Place of burial|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1917–55|
|Commands held||84th Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross|
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
He was a student at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis from 1915 to 1916, but he left the USNA and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was sent to France during World War I, where he earned a battlefield commission. After World War I, he was sent to Fort Bliss, Texas where he chased Mexican Bandit Pancho Villa along with fellow Lieutenants Dwight Eisenhower, George S. Patton, and Douglas MacArthur. He was promoted to the rank of Captain, which he held for 12 years.
World War IEdit
While in command of a company of the 4th Infantry, 3rd Division, in the Boise-des-Nesles, on the night of July 14, 1918, Second Lieutenant Bolling earned the Distinguished Service Cross by "continually exposing himself to heavy gas and shell fire by going from one platoon to another." 
World War IIEdit
Bolling commanded the 84th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. After the war, Bolling was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1952 and assumed command of the Third U.S. Army.
Bolling was the father of Major General Alexander R. "Bud" Bolling Jr., the father-in-law of Major General Roderick Wetherill, and grandfather of Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Wetherill Jr., and father-in-law of Lieutenant Colonel C.L. Thomas
- Michael R. Patterson. "GENERAL BOLLING DEAD; LED INTELLIGENCE; Figured in Army-McCarthy Hearings – In 2 Wars". Arlington Cemetery website. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- "Biography of Roderick Wetherill, Jr. at West Point alumni website". Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- Patterson, Michael. "Alexander R. Bolling". Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- George F. Hofmann, "Cold War Casualty: The Court-Marshal of Major General Robert W. Grow" (1993).