By Wilson A. Heefner
On July eleven, 1943, basic Lucian Truscott got the Army's second-highest ornament, the celebrated carrier move, for valor in motion in Sicily. in the course of his occupation he additionally obtained the military special provider Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the army exceptional provider Medal, the Legion of benefit, and the crimson center. Truscott used to be essentially the most major of all U.S. military generals in global struggle II, pioneering new strive against education methods—including the recognized “Truscott Trot”— and excelling as a wrestle commander, turning the 3rd Infantry department into one of many best divisions within the U.S. military. He used to be instrumental in profitable the various most vital battles of the struggle, engaging within the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, and southern France. Truscott was once not just revered by means of his friends and “dogfaces”—common soldiers—alike but additionally ranked by means of President Eisenhower as moment merely to Patton, whose command he took over on October eight, 1945, and led till April 1946. but no definitive background of his lifestyles has been compiled. Wilson Heefner corrects that with the 1st authoritative biography of this wonderful American army chief. Heefner has undertaken striking examine in basic sources—as good as interviews with kinfolk and previous associates—to shed new mild in this missed hero. He provides Truscott as a soldier who was once formed by means of his upbringing, civilian and army schooling, kinfolk lifestyles, friendships, and evolving reviews as a commander either out and in of combat.Heefner’s brisk narrative explores Truscott’s occupation via his 3 a long time within the military and defines his roles in key operations. It additionally examines Truscott’s postwar function as army governor of Bavaria, really in enhancing dwelling stipulations for Jewish displaced folks, elimination Nazis from civil executive, and supporting within the trials of German conflict criminals. And it bargains the 1st accomplished exam of his next profession within the significant Intelligence supplier, the place he served as senior CIA consultant in West Germany in the course of the early days of the chilly struggle, and later as CIA Director Allen Dulles’s deputy director for coordination in Washington.Dogface Soldier is a portrait of a guy who earned a name for being sincere, forthright, fearless, and competitive, either as an army officer and in his own life—a guy who, on the commitment rite for the Anzio-Nettuno American cemetery in 1945, became clear of the gang and to the millions of crosses stretching ahead of him to deal with these buried there. Heefner has written a definitive biography of a very good soldier and patriot.
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Extra info for Dogface Soldier: The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. (American Military Experience)
Still, there was time for social activities for the officers and their families, although the constraints imposed by the intense training activities and the crowded living conditions, coupled with the uncertainty of the times, had their effects. Gone were the days of stable tours of duty, when officers and their families were almost always assured that they would remain in any one assignment or on any one post for three or four years. 6 As the regimental S3, Truscott served as the principal staff adviser to the regimental commander for all activities relating to plans, operations, and training.
One of the most significant increases was in dismounted combat, where cavalrymen would function as infantrymen, with particular emphasis on musketry, rifle marksmanship, and the employment of machine rifles (presumably automatic rifles) and machine guns. 16 On December 26, 1930, Sarah and Lucian became parents for the third time, when James Joseph Truscott was born at the Fort Riley hospital. 18 The 3d Cavalry’s motto, “Brave Rifles,” came from an accolade that Gen. 19 Truscott found his Troop E noncommissioned officers to be of unusually high caliber.
3 Truscott received orders to attend the Troop Officers’ Course that would begin in September 1925. At roughly the same time Maj. Harry D. Chamberlin, the captain of the Fort Bliss polo team, invited Truscott to join his team in the United States Polo Association’s Inter-Circuit Championships in Philadelphia, the inaugural United States Polo Association national tournament. 5 In late summer Truscott requested authority to delay the date he was scheduled to report to the Cavalry School, September 14, pointing out that the polo tournament in Philadelphia did not begin until September 12.
Dogface Soldier: The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. (American Military Experience) by Wilson A. Heefner