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Beightler, Robert Sprague (1892-1978)


Photograph of Robert S. Beightler

National Archives. Via Gailey (1991)

Beightler commanded 37 Division when war broke out in the Pacific. His division was an Ohio National Guard formation that performed well in combat. Beightler himself was that rare phenomenon, a reserve officer (educated at Ohio State University) who was given a division and retained command of it throughout the war.

Beightler had the support of Oscar Griswold, who had a rare respect for reserve officers and National Guard formations, and under whom Beightler served during most of the war. Griswold was able to deflect considerable criticism from Krueger, who disliked National Guard units and officers, and recommended a Distinguished Service Medal for Beightler against Krueger's wishes.

For his part, Beightler disliked both Krueger for failing to give his division due credit and Swift for failing to use his division aggressively.

Service record

1892-3-21    

Born
1911
Private

1914-3
Second lieutenant     

1917

42 Division, France
1925

Reserve Officer's Course, Command and General Staff School (graduating 1st in his class)
1932

War Plans Division, War Department
1941
Major general     
Commander, 37 Division
1946

Commander, 5 Service Command
1947

Personnel Board, War Department
1948

Commander, 5 Armored Division
1949

Commander, Mariana-Bonins Command
1951

Commander, Ryukyus Command
1978-2-12     

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-5-2)

Marines in World War II Commemorative Series (accessed 2008-7-16)

Stanton (2006)

Taaffe (2011)


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