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 Clarence Ralph Huebner
Lieutenant General, United States Army
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Clarence R. Huebner was one of the outstanding combat leaders in the history of the 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.

CR Huebner PHOTO

Clarence Ralph Huebner
Lieutenant General, US. Army
Born in Bushton, Kansas November 24, 1888
Died in Washington D.C. September 23, 1972
Son of Samuel G. and Martha (Richel) Huebner
Married Florence Barrett February 28, 1921
One daughter Mary Juliette
Married 2nd Anna Imelda Matthews October 19, 1968
Enlisted service with 18th Infantry Regiment 1910-16
2nd Lieutenant 1916
1st Lieutenant 1916
Captain 1917
Major (NA) 1918
Lieutenant Colonel (NA) 1918
Major 1927
Lieutenant Colonel 1938
Colonel (AUS) 1941
Brigadier General 1942
Major General 1943
Lieutenant General 1947
Instructor, Infantry School 1920-22
Student, Infantry School 1922-23
Student, Command & General Staff School 1924-25
Instructor, Infantry School 1925-28
Student, Army War College 1928-29
Instructor, Command & General Staff School 1929-33
Served with Office of Chief of Infantry 1934-38
Served with 19th Infantry Regiment, Hawaii 1939-40
Chief of Training Branch, Army General Staff 1940-42
Director of Training, Service of Supply 1942-43
Commandant, Infantry Replacement Center 1943
Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division 1943-44
Acting Commanding General, V Corps 1944
Commanding General, V Corps 1944-45
Assistant Army Chief of Staff G-3 (Operations & Training) 1945-46 
Chief of Staff, US. European Command 1946-49 Deputy 
Commander-in-Chief, US. European Command 1947-50 Acting Military 
Governor of Germany 1949 Acting Commander-in-Chief, US. European 
Command 1949-50 Ret. 1950
DSC - DSM - Silver Star - Legion of Merit - Bronze Star - Purple Heart

Clarence Ralph, Lieutenant General

1940 - 1942 Director Training Branch, War Department General Staff
1942 - 1943 Director of Training, Services of Supply
1943 - 1944 Commanding General 1st Division, Sicily-North-West Europe
1945 Commanding General V Corps, North-West Europe
1946 - 1947 Chief of Staff US Forces US European Theater of Operations
1947 - 1950 Deputy Commander in Chief US European Command
1950 Retired

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army 
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28 - 30, 1918
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920


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.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 23, 1918
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920


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.

DATE OF BIRTH: 07/28/1890
DATE OF DEATH: 09/05/1966

Webmaster: Michael Robert Patterson

Posted: 9 October 2004 Updated: 1 March 2006 Updated: 11 July 2009 Updated: 1 April 2011
Distinguished Service Cross 2 awards

Distinguished Service Medal

Silver Star Medal

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star Medal

Purple Heart Medal

CR Heubner Gravesite PHOTO
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004