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Robert Eichelberger

SurnameEichelberger
Given NameRobert
Born9 Mar 1886
Died26 Sep 1961
CountryUnited States
CategoryMilitary-Ground
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseRobert Lawrence Eichelberger was born at Urbana, Ohio, United States. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1909. He served in a number of locations abroad, including a 1918-1920 expedition to Siberia to observe the Japanese military. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in Oct 1940, and was the superintendent of United States Military Academy at West Point when WW2 began for the United States. Eichelberger was assigned to Australia in 1942 under Douglas MacArthur's command with a war-time rank of lieutenant general. After his brilliant maneuvers at Buna, Hollandia, and Biak during the New Guinea campaign, MacArthur noted him as "a commander of the first order, fearless in battle". Later in the war, he became the commander of the 8th Army during the Philippines campaign, where he was when Japan surrendered. After the war, he served three years in Japan as an officer of the occupation force, then retired in 1948. In 1954, he was promoted to the rank of full general on the retirement list. Eichelberger died at Asheville, North Carolina, United States, and rests in peace at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States.

ww2dbaseSources: Reminiscences, Wikipedia.

Robert Eichelberger Timeline

9 Mar 1886 Robert Eichelberger was born.
10 Jun 1944 The US Eighth Army was activated in the United States under the command of Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger.
26 Sep 1961 Robert Eichelberger passed away.

Photographs

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Eichelberger, date unknownPortrait of Major General Robert Eichelberger, Aug 1941Blamey and Eichelberger, New Guinea, 1943Portrait of Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger, 1943
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1. mlpf says:
8 Jul 2007 03:15:03 AM

It is a shame that General Eichelberger is not as well known today compared to the American Generals who fought in Europe. Eichelberger was a brilliant tactician and trainer. He was probably more able than General Krueger, MacArthurs other major field commander. However, he was overshadowed by the titanic presence of General MacArthur.

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Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Eichelberger, date unknown
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"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944