Louis Aleck Craig, Jr.
Major General, United States Army
Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, July 2007
Louis Aleck Craig (1891-1984)
Born on July 21, 1891 in West Point, New York.
Commissioned in the Cavalry from West Point in 1913. Duty in Panama in 1916. Battery Commander in the 5th Field Artillery, then Assistant Plans and Training Officer at I Corps and 4th Division in World War I.
Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Harvard 1924-1929. Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1931. Instructor with the Georgia National Guard 1931-1933. Graduated from Army War College in 1939.
Commanding Officer of 18th Field Artillery 1941-1942. Brigadier General in February 1942. Commanding General of 72nd Field Artillery Brigade 1942-1943. Major General in February 1943. Commanding General of 97th Infantry Division then XXIII Corps 1943-1944. Commanding General of 9th Infantry Division, then XX Corps, finally Third Army August 1944-October 1945.
Assignments after the war included Deputy Commanding General of Fifth Army 1946-1947 and Inspector General of U.S. Army 1948-1952. Retired in May 1952. Decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
He is buried among other family members in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Posted: 12 October 2002 Updated: 26 March 2006 Updated: 17 July 2007 Updated: 14 May 2008
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, May 2008