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King, Edward Postell, Jr. (1884-1958)


Photograph of Edward P. King

U.S. Army. Via Wikipedia Commons

Edward King was born in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a law degree in 1903. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the National Guard in 1908, he served in the Philippines in the years just prior to the American intervention in the First World War. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1923 and the Army War College in 1930 before himself becoming an instructor at the Command and General Staff School. He subsequently graduated from the Navy War College (in 1937) before joining the staff of the Army War College.

King was ordered to take command of Fort Stotsenberg on 14 September 1940 and was promoted to major general in 1941. One of the army's best cannoniers, he served as MacArthur's artillery officer, but as war approached he was given command of North Luzon Force. After MacArthur escaped to Australia, King took over command of all forces in Bataan, where he was compelled to surrender to the Japanese on 9 April 1942. He retired soon after being released from a POW camp.

Ken Stringer described him as "An intelligent, able officer, quiet, courteous, and modest."

Service record

1884     

Born in Atlanta, Georgia
1903

Graduates from Univesity of Georgia with law degree
1908
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned into the National Guard
1922

Command and General Staff School
1929

Army War College
1936

Navy War College
1937

Instructor, Army War College
1940-9-14     
Brigadier general
Commandant, Fort Stotsenberg
1941
Major general

1941

Commander, North Luzon Force
1942-3

Commander, Allied Forces, Bataan
1942-4-9

Surrenders his command to the Japanese
1946

Retires
1958

Dies


References

Dupuy et al. (1992)

Norman and Norman (2009)


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