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Griner, George Wesley, Jr. (1895-1975)


Photograph of George W. Griner

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

George Griner took command of 27 Division during the final stages of the Saipan campaign. The original commander of 27 Division, Ralph Smith, had been relieved by Holland Smith for the history of poor performance by his division. Holland Smith later credited Griner with markedly improving the performance of the division, but Griner came away with a "firm conviction that he [Holland Smith] is so prejudiced against the Army that no Army Division serving under his command alongside of Marine Divisions can expect that their deeds will receive fair and honest evaluation" (Crowl 1958).

Service record

1895     

Born
1942
Colonel    
Assistant chief of staff, War Department General Staff
1942-6-8     

Assistant chief of staff, European Theater
1943
Brigadier  general     
Assistant commander, 77 Division
1943-8
Major general
Commander, 13 Airborne Division
1943-11

Commander, 98 Division
1944-6-28     

Commander, 27 Division
1946

Retires
1975

Dies


References

Crowl (1959; accessed 2011-1-13)

Dupuy et.al. (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-3-1)

Pettibone (2007)



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