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Franklin Cummings Sibert (January 3, 1891 – June 24, 1980) was a United States Army general. During World War II, Sibert was originally the commander of the 6th Infantry Division but was promoted to command the X Corps of General Walter Krueger's US Sixth Army. His corps took part in the landing operations of the Battle of Leyte in the Philippines.

Franklin Cummings Sibert
Born(1891-01-03)January 3, 1891
Bowling Green, Kentucky
DiedJune 24, 1980(1980-06-24) (aged 89)
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Buried
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service1912–1946
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands heldX Corps (United States) X Corps
6th Infantry Division (United States) 6th Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
RelationsMG William L. Sibert (father)
MG Edwin L. Sibert (brother)

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Early yearsEdit

Sibert was born on January 3, 1891, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as a son of future Major General William L. Sibert and his wife Mary Margaret Cummings. He attended the United States Military Academy and graduated on June 12, 1912. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry on the same date. One year later, Sibert married Helen Mildred Rogers on March 4, 1913.

During World War I, Sibert served with American Expeditionary Force in France and subsequently with the allied occupation forces in Germany.

After the War, Sibert attended the Infantry School at Fort Benning in 1924, the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1925 and Army War College in 1929.

In 1934, Sibert served as a battalion commanding officer in the 29th Infantry Regiment and subsequently served in the various infantry positions at Fort Benning or as the Member of the Infantry Board.

World War IIEdit

In 1939, Sibert spent some time in Michigan as a commanding officer of Fort Wayne or Camp Custer. In September 1941 Sibert was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and was appointed to the staff of Lieutenant general Joseph W. Stilwell, Commander of the U.S. Forces in China-Burma-India Theater. Sibert accompanied Stillwell in the retreat from Burma in 1942.

Sibert was then appointed the commanding officer of the 6th Infantry Division. He replaced Major General Durward S. Wilson in this capacity. He was also promoted to the rank of major general on March 11, 1942. He participated in the New Guinea and Philippines campaigns. After commanding the 6th Infantry Division, he commanded the US X Corps.

Post World War IIEdit

After his retirement, he and his wife lived in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, until his death on June 24, 1980.

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