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.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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