Franklin Cummings Sibert – Major General, United States Arm

One of the distinguished sons of Division Commander William Luther Sibert (the other is Edwin Luther Sibert), he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during World War I. In World War II he was a Major General on the staff of Joseph W. Stilwell, participating in the retreat from Burma. He later commanded the 6th Division and X Corps in the Pacific Theater of World War II before retiring from the Army in 1946.

He was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, January 3, 1891, the son of Major General William Luther and Mary Elizabeth Cummings Sibert. He graduated from West Point in 1912; from the Infantry School, Advanced Course, in 1924; from the Command and General Staff College in 1925; from the Army War College in 1929. He married Helen Mildred Rogers, March 4, 1913. Their children were Franklin Rogers (Army Officer), Kathryn Mary (wife of General Bruce Palmer, Jr.).

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1912 and was promoted through the ranks to Major General (temporary) in 1942. He served on the staff of General Joseph W. Stilwell in the China-Burma-Indian Theater in World War II; he commanded the 6th InfantryDivision and participated in two campaigns in New Guinea in 1942-44; he comanded X Army Corps, 1944-46 and participted with it in the Philippine Campaign. His medals include the Victory Medal with four Bronze Stars, Army of Occupation of Germany, Mexican Border Service, American Defense Service, European-African-Middle East Campaign, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal with two Bronze Stars.

He made his home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, until his death on June 24, 1980. He was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery, near his father and brother.


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