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Irving, Frederick Augustus (1894-1995)


Photograph of Frederick Irving at Leyte

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

Irving had been decorated in France during the First World War for his courage in leading his company in the St. Mihiel offensive. He commanded 24 Division in the Hollandia campaign, where his insistence on retaining the Red 1 beach in the landing plan proved fortunate. He later commanded his division on Leyte, including in the difficult battle for Breakneck Ridge.

After the battle of Breakneck Ridge, Sibert and Krueger relieved Irving of command of his division without explanation. MacArthur later commented that "Irving is fine but his staff can't command, he can't eliminate incompetence" (Taaffe 2011). Eichelberger believed Irving had been treated shoddily and made him commander of his army rear area. MacArthur subsequently gave Irving command of 38 Division, but the war ended shortly thereafter.

Service record

1894-9-3     
  born
1938-6-29

Instructor, West Point
1940-7-1
Lieutenant colonel     

1941-1-16  

Commandant of Cadets, West Point
1941-12-11     
Colonel

1942-3-10
Brigadier general
Assistant commander, 24 Division
1942-8-7     
Major general     
Commander, 24 Division
1944-11-19     

Commander, 8 Army Area Command
1945-8-2

Commander, 38 Division
1946-2-10

Commander, Camp Pickett
1946-5-16

Commander, Fort Dix
1946-8-16

Inter-American Defense Board
1948-1-27

Chief, Career Management Division
1950

Deputy commander, 6 Army
1951

Superintendent, West Point
1954

Retires
1995-9-12     

Dies

References

Cannon (1953; accessed 2013-12-19)

Generals.dk (accessed 2013-12-19)

Smith (1952; accessed 2013-12-19)
Stanton (2006)

Washington Post (1995-9-15; accessed 2013-12-19)

Taaffe (2011)


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