Krueger, Walter (1881–1967)

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: April 19, 2016

Walter Krueger, United States Army general, was born in Flatow, Germany, the son of Julius O. H. and Anne (Hasse) Krueger, on January 26, 1881. He was brought by his family to the United States when he was eight years old and settled in the Midwest. He attended Cincinnati Technical School from 1896 to 1898 and attended several military schools and colleges and served as instructor or professor at many of them. He was the author or translator of several books on military history and tactics. After enlisting in 1898 as a private in the Spanish-American War, Krueger served during several wars and military engagements, progressed through the officer ranks, and was promoted to lieutenant general in command of Third Army headquarters in San Antonio by 1941. At the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Krueger assumed command of the Sixth Army in Australia in 1943. In that year the Sixth Army began two years of fighting to capture the islands of the South Pacific, including New Britain, Leyte, Mindoro, and Luzon. Krueger was promoted to full general by 1945. The Sixth Army was deactivated in January 1946; Krueger retired and returned to San Antonio, where he had made his permanent residence. He married Grace Aileen Norvell on September 11, 1904, and they had three children. He died on August 20, 1967, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dallas Morning News, November 22, 1965. Newsweek, February 4, 1946. New York Times, August 21, 1967. San Antonio Express, September 20, 1953. Who's Who in America, 1952–53.

  • Peoples
  • Germans
  • Military
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • World War II

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