Donald Prentice Booth
Donald Prentice Booth (December 21, 1902 – October 30, 1993) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. During World War II he was the US Army's youngest theater commander. After World War II he was known for his commands of the 28th Infantry Division, the 9th Infantry Division and the Fourth United States Army. In addition, he served as High Commissioner of the Ryukyu Islands from 1958 to 1961.
Donald Prentice Booth
General Booth as High Commissioner of the Ryukyu Islands in 1961
|Born||December 21, 1902|
Albany, New York
|Died||October 30, 1993 (aged 90)|
Santa Barbara, California
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1926-1962|
|Commands held||Persian Gulf Command |
28th Infantry Division
9th Infantry Division
Fourth United States Army
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal |
Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class
Donald Prentice Booth was the son of Colonel Alfred James Booth (1875–1937), a career Army officer and veteran of the Spanish–American War and World War I. Donald Booth attended Hawaii's Punahou School, and high schools in San Antonio, Texas, Albany, New York, and Patchogue, New York before graduating from Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1921. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1926 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Engineers.
Early military careerEdit
Booth graduated from the Army Engineer Officer Course in 1930.
From 1935 to 1939 he was an instructor at the US Military Academy.
Booth graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1940. Later that year, he served with the 2nd Engineers at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and was then transferred to be Assistant to the District Engineer in Seattle from 1940–1942.
World War IIEdit
From 1942 to 1944, Booth served as Director of Ports for the Persian Gulf Command, receiving promotion to Brigadier General in May 1944. The Persian Gulf Command was responsible for transporting supplies to the U.S.S.R. after it joined the Allied war effort. Booth served as Chief of Staff from 1944 to 1945, and commanded the organization from early 1945 until the end of the war.
Post World War IIEdit
Following World War II Booth served in positions of increasing visibility and responsibility, including a posting as Executive Assistant to the Undersecretary of War
From 1953 to 1954 General Booth was commander of the 28th Infantry Division in Germany when this National Guard organization was activated to replace active duty units sent to Asia during the Korean War.
Awards and DecorationsEdit
General Booth's awards included multiple presentations of the Distinguished Service Medal. In 1961 he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class to recognize his efforts as High Commissioner for the Ryukyu Islands.
Retirement and DeathEdit
- New York in the Spanish–American War 1898, published by New York Adjutant General, Volume 1, 1900, page 356
- "Lieutenants in the Army", New York Times, April 25, 1901
- Distinguished Service Medal citation, Alfred James Booth, Military Times Hall of Valor web site
- 1914–1915 Catalogue published by Punahou School, 1915, page 66
- The 1921 June Bug, Yearbook published by the Fiftieth Graduating Class, Leavenworth High School
- American Men in Government: A Biographical Dictionary and Directory of Federal Officials, by Jerome M. Rosow, 1949, page 40
- "Military Cadets Named, New York Times, June 6, 1922
- Who's Who in Engineering, by John William Leonard, Winfield Scott Downs, and M.M. Lewis, Volume 6, 1948
- Calendar, Cornell Daily Sun, published by Cornell University, Volume XLVIII, Issue 29, October 28, 1927, Page 5
- Official US Army Register, published by US Army Adjutant General, 1949, page 54
- Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, by George Washington Cullum, updated by Charles Braden and Edward Singleton Holden, 1891, Volume 8, Part 2, page 672
- Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Marquis Who's Who LLC, 1954, page 80
- "Youths Win Place Among Generals One 28 Another 29 Among 63 Brigadiers -- 2 Stars for 21 Others", New York Times, June 9, 1944
- "Gen. Connolly Replaced; Gen. Booth Takes Charge of Persian Gulf Command", New York Times, January 8, 1945
- "Russian Medals for Americans", Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1947
- The Papers of George Catlett Marshall: "The finest soldier," January 1, 1945 – January 7, 1947, by George Catlett Marshall, edited by Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens, 2003, page 780
- "Persian Gulf Command Ends Red Supply Job", Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1945
- "U.S. Persian Gulf Unit Quits", New York Times, June 2, 1945
- "Britain Decorates More U.S. Officers; Gen. Wheeler Receives High Award -- Underground Work Wins Medals for Three", New York Times, July 24, 1948
- "AFL Urges Merger With CIO To Fight Anti-Union Bills Cadets Can't Play Pro Football, War Secretary Rules", The Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), February 1, 1947
- "12 Generals Promoted; President Advances Brigadiers to Temporary 2-Star Rank", New York Times, November 7, 1953
- List of commanders, 9th Infantry Division Association web site
- 9th Infantry Division: Old Reliables published by Turner Publishing Company, 2000, page 23
- "End of Draft Again is Urged by Stevenson", Chicago Tribune, October 19, 1956
- "Ex-Nazi Rocket Expert Honored by U.S. Army, Los Angeles Times, October 31, 1957
- "Gen. Booth Gets Posts; Named High Commissioner of Ryukyus, Okinawa Leader, New York Times, February 27, 1958
- "US Army's Wise Policies Win Friends In Okinawa", Hartford Courant, June 19, 1960
- "Head of Fourth Army Named", New York Times, January 17, 1962
- "Fourth Army Chief Arrives at Sill," Lawton Constitution (Oklahoma), April 12, 1961
- "Gen. Booth to End Long Army Career," Lawton Constitution (Oklahoma), February 16, 1962
- Official US Army Register, published by US Army Adjutant General, 1962, page 53
- "2,500 Bid Farewell to Booth," Pacific Stars and Stripes, February 9, 1961
- Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy, published by the West Point Alumni Association, 1973, page 388
- California Death Index
- Social Security Death Index
- Nationwide Gravesite Locator, US Department of Veterans Affairs