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Swift, Innis Palmer (1882-1953)


Photograph of Innis P. Swift

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

Swift was born in a military family, attended West Point and served as aide-de-campe to Pershing in the Philippines.

Swift commanded 1 Cavalry Division throughout the New Guinea campaign. MacArthur was sufficiently impressed with Swift's leadership in the invasion of the Admiralties to have him promoted to command of I Corps in time for the Luzon campaign, where his corps took the left side of the landings at Lingayen Gulf. He thus became the oldest corps commander in the U.S. Army to see combat in the Second World War.

Swift was a soldier's soldier who stood near the bottom of both his West Point and Command and General Staff School classes. He was a "tough hombre" (quoted in Taaffe 2011) but was extremely loyal to Krueger for giving him the chance at combat command in spite of his relatively old age. However, Swift also got along well with Eichelberger, who appreciated both Swift's toughness and his storytelling ability.

Service record

1882-2-7     

Born at Fort Laramie, Wyoming
1904
Second lieutenant
Graduates from Military Academy, standing 115th in a class of 124
1918

Assistant chief of staff, 86 Division
1922

Command and General Staff School
1923

Instructor, Command and General Staff School
1929

Army War College
1930

Army Industrial College
1936
Colonel     
Commander, 8 Cavalry Regiment
1939
Brigadier general     
Commander, 2 Cavalry Brigade
1941-2
Major general
Commander, 1 Cavalry Division
1944-6-10     
Lieutenant general      
Commander, I Corps, Luzon
1946

Retires
1953-11-3

Dies at San Antonio, Texas

References

Dupuy et al. (1992)

FindAGrave.com (accessed 2012-8-4)

Generals.dk (accessed 2011-8-4)

U.S. Army World War II Corps Commanders (accessed 2008-5-16)

Taaffe (2011)



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