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Sultan, Daniel Isom (1885-1947)


Photograph of Daniel I. Sultan

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

Daniel Sultan was born in Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi before graduating from West Point in 1907 as an engineer. He graduated from the Engineer School in 1910 and helped construct the fortifications on Corregidor during the First World War. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1923 and the Army War College in 1926 and was involved in numerous civil engineering projects during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was promoted to brigadier general in December 1938 and commanded the Hawaiian Division in 1941.

The outbreak of war found Sultan in command of 38 Division in Mississippi. He commanded VII Corps in late 1942 before being named as deputy to Stilwell in the China-Burma-India theater in January 1943. He was responsible for developing a road for military supplies from northeast India to China (the Ledo Road).

Dan Sultan is the best thing that ever happened to the theater.

-- Stilwell

Promoted to lieutenant general in September 1944, Sultan took command of Burma-India on the recall of Stilwell in October. He commanded two Chinese armies and a British division in support of Slim's November 1944 offensive, but his Chinese divisions were recalled to China by Chiang Kai-shek once Lashio was captured. With no army to command, Sultan was recalled to Washington in July 1945, where he became the first soldier to be awarded a fourth Distinguished Service Medal.

Sullivan was a superb engineer and had a firm grasp of logistics. His integrity and loyalty were unimpeachable.

Service record

1885     

Born in Mississippi
1907
Second lieutenant      
Graduates from West Point, standing 9th in a class of 111
1912

Instructor, West Point
1916

Corps of Engineers, Manila
1918

War Department General Staff
1929

Nicaragua Canal Survey
1934

Engineering Commissioner, District of Columbia
1938

Commander, 2 Engineer Regiment
1938-12     
Brigadier general

1939

Commander, 22 Brigade, Hawaii
1941
Major general Commander, Hawaiian Division
1941-4

Commander, 38 Division
1942-4

Commander, VII Corps
1943-1

Deputy commander, U.S. Army Forces, China-Burma-India Theater of Operations
1944-9
Lieutenant general

1944-10-27     

Commander, U.S. Burma-India Theater of Operations
1945-7-14

Inspector-General of the Army
1947-1-14

Dies


References

Boatner (1996)

Dupuy et al. (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-3)

Pettibone (2007)



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