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Lyman Louis Lemnitzer

Date of birth: August 29, 1899
Date of death: November 12, 1988
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Honesdale
Home of record: Honesdale Pennsylvania

Lyman Lemnitzer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1920. He earned the Silver Star as Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He served as the 6th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from 1957 to 1959, and from July 1, 1959 to September 30, 1960, as the 21st Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. From October 1, 1960 to September 30, 1962, he served as the 4th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired in 1969 as a U.S. Army General. He died November 12, 1988, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, from 25 July 1943 to 2 May 1945. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Allied Armies in Italy, formerly Fifteenth Army Group, and as Commanding General, United States Contingent thereof, and later as Deputy Chief of Staff, Allied Force Headquarters, General Lemnitzer played an important role in the planning and execution of carefully prepared plans for the destruction of Axis armies in Sicily and in the defeat and final surrender of the German Army in Italy. Responsible for the supervision of the coordination and issuance of the Allied Armies of operational instruction for the conduct of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy, and for close liaison in the field between the Armies of the Allied Nations, as well as the Partisan Forces working in the rear of the enemy lines, General Lemnitzer by his keen foresight, intimate knowledge of military tactics, impartial judgment and untiring devotion to duty made a major contribution to the success of the coordination of the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. His outstanding and vitally important management of negotiations for the surrender of the Axis Armies in Italy was a major contribution to the Government of the United States and her Allies.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (1945)

Action Date: July 25, 1943 - May 2, 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Deputy Chief of Staff

Division: Allied Armies in Italy

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division, in Korea, from 5 December 1951 to 3 July 1952.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 75 (August 6, 1952)

Action Date: December 5, 1951 - July 3, 1952

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 7th Infantry Division

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff of the Army from 1 July 1959 to 30 September 1960.

Action Date: 1957 - 1959

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chairman

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the period October 1960 to September 1962.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 60 (October 12, 1962)

Action Date: October 1960 - September 1962

Service: Army

Rank: General

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the period October 1960 to September 1962.

General Orders: Unites States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: October 1960 - September 1962

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chairman

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the period October 1960 to September 1962.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 60 (October 12, 1962)

Action Date: October 1960 - September 1962

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chairman

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division, in Korea.

General Orders: Headquarters, X Corps, General Orders No. 62 (1952)

Action Date: Korean War

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 7th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States Assistant Chief of Staff, Allied Force Headquarters, North Africa, in 1942.

General Orders: Unites States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1942

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (ASN: 0-12687), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Chief of Staff, FIFTH Army, in North Africa, in 1943.

General Orders: Unites States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1943

Service: Army

Rank: Major General