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Millikin, John (1888-1970)

Millikin was born in Indiana as the son of a barber. He commanded 33 Division when it was deployed to Hawaii in July 1943, but was reassigned to a corps command in Europe and saw no action in the Pacific. His combat debut was leading the spearhead of Patton's counterattack against the Germans besieging Bastogne.

Milliken was characterized as competent but not inspiring leader. He was relieved of his corps command for allowing the Remagen bridgehead to fall into chaos, but took his relief sufficiently in stride to be given command of 13 Armored Division in the final weeks of the war.

Service record

1888    

Born
1910
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from West Point
1924

Cavalry School
1924

Command and General Staff School
1930

Army War College
1939
Colonel     
Commander, 6 Cavalry Regiment
1941
Brigadier general     
Commander, 2 Cavalry Division
1942-8     
Major general
Commander, 33 Division
1943-10     

Commander, III Corps, Northwest Europe
1945

Commander, 13 Armored Division, Northwest Euroope
1948

Retires
1970

Dies

References

Ammentorp (accessed 2008-5-2)

Stanton (2006)

Taaffe (2011)


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