Colonel Cruse is the son of Thomas Cruse, Brigadier General, United States Army and the brother of James T. Cruse, Ensign, United States Navy. The Colonel is buried near his parents and his brother in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, His wife, Marjorie Hamilton Hinds Cruse is buried with him. She was born on April 5, 1891 and died on February 13, 1986.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy in the Class of 1907.
The War Department obtained President Roosevelt's approval to an Executive order that established the Military District of Sault Ste. Marie, effective 15 March 1941
To command the district the Army chose Colonel Fred T. Cruse, who previously had been in charge of the security guard for the Panama Canal.
In April Colonel Cruse met with the officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who had been appointed as his opposite number, and this visit began a close collaboration between local Canadian and American military authorities that continued until 1944. In May 1941 the Army replaced the remaining infantry company with the 702d Battalion, Military Police.
NOTE: A possible son, James Hamilton Cruse, Captain, United States Army, is buried nearby in Arlington National Cemetery.
COLONEL FRED T. CRUSE
BALBOA, Canal Zone – August 5, 1949 – Colonel Fred T. Cruse, USA, retired, died in Gorgas Hospital here today at the age of 63.
Colonel Fred T. Cruse, a Kentuckian, was graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1907 and attained his Colonelcy in 1945. His widow survives.
After a memorial service here his ashes will be sent to Arlington National Cemetery for burial.
Colonel Cruse had served as military attache Managua, Nicaragua, and in 1942 was named Director of Nicaraguan Military Academy, where he taught the cadets commando tactics. He was made a General in the Nicaraguan Army.
In December 1943, he was recalled from Nicaragua to resume his duties as a military attaché in Central America.
CRUSE, FRED T
- COL FLD ART, US ARMY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/05/1949
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/23/1949
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1717 S.H
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
CRUSE, MARJORIE HINDS D/O CRUSE, FRED T
- DATE OF BIRTH: 08/20/1920
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/08/1923
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/11/1955
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1717
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- DAUGHTER OF FT CRUSE – COL USA
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