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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.
||Born at Fort Laramie, Wyoming
||Graduates from Military
standing 115th in a class of 124
||Assistant chief of staff, 86 Division
||Command and General Staff School
||Instructor, Command and
||Army War College
||Army Industrial College
||Commander, 8 Cavalry Regiment
||Commander, 2 Cavalry Brigade
||Commander, I Corps, Luzon|
||Dies at San Antonio, Texas
Dupuy et al. (1992)
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U.S. Army World War II Corps Commanders (accessed 2008-5-16)
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