Joseph Alfred Cranston – Brigadier General, United States Army

Biography And Gravesite Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, July 2007

Joseph Alfred Cranston (1898-1973)

Born in Leavenworth, Kansas on September 8, 1898.

Commissioned in the Infantry from West Point in 1919. Member of the Olympic Boxing Team in 1920. Instructor at West Point 1922-1926. Aide to the Commanding General of the Philippine Department 1926-1928. Instructor again at West Point 1929-1933. Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1935 and the Army War College in 1938.

With the War Department General Staff 1940-1942. Staff officer at Army Ground Forces 1942-1943. Brigadier General in March 1943. With Services of Supply, China-Burma-India Theater of Operations 1944-1945.

Retired in July 1948. Decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star and Commendation Ribbon.  Died on December 2, 1973.

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