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Daniel Isom Sultan, (December 9, 1885 – January 14, 1947) was an American general during World War II. He fought in the China-Burma-India theater in the last half of the war.

Daniel Isom Sultan
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Daniel I. Sultan
Born(1885-12-09)December 9, 1885
Oxford, Mississippi
DiedJanuary 14, 1947(1947-01-14) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C.
Place of Burial
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1907–1947
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held38th Infantry Division
VIII Corps
China-Burma-India Theater
Inspector General of the U.S. Army
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit



He was born in Oxford, Mississippi, and later attended the University of Mississippi, before transferring to West Point. While at the university, he was initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity.[1] He graduated from West Point in 1907 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

Prior to World War I, he served in the Philippine Islands and was in charge of the construction of fortifications on Corregidor. In 1918 he was assigned to the War Department General Staff in France. From 1929 to 1931, he commanded the provisional engineer battalion charged with surveying routes for a canal in Nicaragua.[2] From 1934 to 1938, he presided as a commissioner of the District of Columbia.[3]

Sultan as West Point cadet

On July 8, 1939 he was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded the 38th Infantry Division at the beginning of World War II and the VIII Corps.

In 1943 he was assigned to the China Burma India Theater (CBI) as deputy commander under General Joseph Stilwell and on September 2, 1944, promoted to lieutenant general. He became the commander of the Burma-India Theater under the command of South East Asia Command (SEAC) of the South-East Asian Theatre on October 24, 1944. The CBI had been split in two with General Albert Wedemeyer becoming the Chief of Staff to Chiang Kai-shek and commander in China.

On July 14, 1945, Sultan became Inspector General of the Army. In 1947 he died while still on active duty.[4][5]


The United States Navy transport ship USNS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) was named in his honor.


Dates of rankEdit

Insignia Rank Component Date
No insignia Cadet United States Military Academy June 15, 1903
No insignia in 1907 Second Lieutenant Regular Army June 14, 1907
 First Lieutenant Regular Army February 7, 1911
 Captain Regular Army February 27, 1914
 Major Regular Army May 15, 1917
 Lieutenant Colonel Temporary August 5, 1917
 Colonel National Army July 13, 1918
 Major Regular Army March 15, 1920
 Lieutenant Colonel Regular Army October 1, 1930
 Colonel Regular Army October 1, 1935
 Brigadier General Regular Army December 1, 1938
 Major General Army of the United States April 3, 1941
 Lieutenant General Army of the United States September 2, 1944
 Major General Regular Army July 9, 1945



  1. ^ Residence directory of the Sigma Chi ... - Google Books. 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-04-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barbara Tuchman (1971)
  5. ^ Time runs out in CBI, (United States Army in World War II: China-Burma-India theater) by Charles F Romanus and Riley Sunderland (1959)
  6. ^ Official Register of Commissioned Officers of the United States Army, 1946. pg. 667.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Virgil L. Peterson
Inspector General of the U. S. Army
July 14, 1945-January 14, 1947
Succeeded by
Ira T. Wyche