Clarence Ralph Huebner
Lieutenant General, United States Army
A Kansas farm boy who spent almost seven years serving from Private to Sergeant in the 18th Infantry, Huebner received a regular commission in November 1916. During World War I, he successfully led a company, battalion, and regiment of the lst Infantry Division-the "Big Red One"-from the first American regimental assault at Cantigny through Soissons, Saint-Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne. For his outstanding service in this war, he received two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Distinguished Service Medal, and a Silver Star.
In 1924, he attended the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth and served on its faculty from 1929 to 1933.
As the distinguished commander of the "Big Red One" in World War II, Huebner led the invasion at Omaha Beach, forged the breakout at Saint-Lo, repelled the German counteroffensive at Mortain, and pursued the German Army across France, which culminated in the Battles of Aachen and the Huertgen Forest.
In January 1945, he took command of the V Corps, which he directed from the Rhine to the Elbe, where his troops made the first contact with the Red Army.
Although Lieutenant General Huebner was known as a student of military arts and science, a trainer of troops, and the commanding general of U.S. Army, Europe, it is as a commander of troops in battle that he should be remembered.
Clarence Ralph Huebner
1940 - 1942 Director Training Branch, War Department
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence Ralph Huebner, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cantigny, France, May 28 - 30, 1918.
For three days Lieutenant Colonel Huebner withstood
German assaults under intense bombardment, heroically exposing himself
to fire constantly in order to command his battalion effectively, and although
his command lost half its officers and 30 per cent of its men, he held
his position and prevented a break in the line at that point.
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence Ralph Huebner, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18 - 23, 1918.
Lieutenant Colonel Huebner displayed great gallantry, and, after all the officers of his battalion had become casualties, he reorganized his battalion while advancing, captured his objective and again reorganized his own and another battalion, carrying the line forward. He remained continuously on duty until wounded on the second day of the action.
HUEBNER, FLORENCE BARRETT W/O CLARENCE RALPH
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/28/1890
DATE OF DEATH: 09/05/1966
DATE OF INTERMENT: 09/09/1966
BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 5695-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF CR HUEBNER - LG USA
Posted: 9 October 2004 Updated: 1 March 2006 Updated: 11 July 2009 Updated: 1 April 2011
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004