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Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.

Born: Jul 18, 1886

Death: Jun 18, 1945

Birthplace: Munfordville

Nationality: United States

Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.

Date of Birth : Jul 18, 1886
Date of Death : Jun 18, 1945
Birth Place : Munfordville

Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and commanded the defenses of Alaska early in the war. Following that assignment, he was promoted to command the 10th Army, which conducted the amphibious assault on the Japanese island of Okinawa. He was killed during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa by enemy artillery fire, making him the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have been lost to enemy fire during World War II. Buckner, Lesley J. McNair, Frank Maxwell Andrews, and Millard Harmon, all lieutenant generals at the time of their deaths, were the highest-ranking Americans to be killed in World War II. Buckner and McNair were posthumously promoted to the rank of full four-star General on July 19, 1954 by a Special Act of Congress

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