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James E. Wharton
Brigadier General, United States Army
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GENERAL WHARTON KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE

WASHINGTON, August 17, 1944 - Brigadier General James E. Wharton has been killed in action in France, where he was on an unannounced assignment.

General Wharton is the seventh General to be killed in action since Pearl Harbor.  The War Department said it had no details.

An officer of the Regular Army since 1917, the General was Chief of the Officers Branch in the Personnel Division G-1 of the War Department's General Staff when the United States entered the war.  In March 1942, when he was promoted to the temporary rank of Brigadier General, he was made Director of Military Personnel Division Headquarters Services of Supply. Last year he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

General Wharton was born in Elk, New Mexico, December 2, 1894. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry on August 15, 1917. He went to the Philippine in 1921. He returned to the United States two years later and was stationed with the Third Infantry at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

He was graduated from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia; the COmmand and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Army War College and the Army Industrial School in Washington, D.C.


U.S. GENERAL KILLED BY A SNIPER

PARIS, September 21, 1944 - Brigadier General James E. Wharton was killed by a German sniper at the front August 12, while commanding an infantry division, the Army disclosed today.

The General was born in Elk, New Mexico.



JE Wharton Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2007
WHARTON, JAMES E
BRIG GEN US AGF WWII INF DIV
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/02/1894
DATE OF DEATH: 08/12//1944
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 1198
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 3 August 2007 Updated: 4 August 2007
Legion of Merit
 
 
 
 
 

Purple Heart Medal