Joseph Alfred Cranston
Brigadier General, United States Army
And Gravesite Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, July 2007
Joseph Alfred Cranston (1898-1973)
Born in Leavenworth, Kansas on September 8, 1898.
Commissioned in the Infantry from West Point in 1919. Member of the Olympic Boxing Team in 1920. Instructor at West Point 1922-1926. Aide to the Commanding General of the Philippine Department 1926-1928. Instructor again at West Point 1929-1933. Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1935 and the Army War College in 1938.
With the War Department General Staff 1940-1942. Staff officer at Army Ground Forces 1942-1943. Brigadier General in March 1943. With Services of Supply, China-Burma-India Theater of Operations 1944-1945.
Retired in July 1948. Decorations included
the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star and Commendation Ribbon.
Died on December 2, 1973.