Samuel Dickerson Rockenbach
Rockenbach circa 1918
|Born||January 27, 1869|
|Died||May 16, 1952(aged 83)|
|Education||Virginia Military Institute (1892)|
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Years of service||1891 - 1933|
Rockenbach was the commander of Kemper Military School and also served in the Missouri Militia. He received a commission in the United States Cavalry in 1891. He served repeatedly with John J. Pershing, including serving as quartermaster during the Pancho Villa Expedition.
During World War IEdit
In December 1917, he was appointed by Pershing to command the AEF's Tank Corps. In 1918, Rockenbach organized, trained, equipped, and deployed the first American tank units to the European Western Front during World War I.
After World War IEdit
From 1928 to his retirement in 1933, he commanded the Second Artillery Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Rockenbach died on May 16, 1952.
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- "Valor awards for Samuel D. Rockenbach".
- "VMI Archives Catalog - Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers".