John Ramsey Pugh – Major General, United States Army

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Born 27 July 1909 in Pennsylvania, James Ramsey Pugh was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Cavalry on graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1932.

In World War II, he was the G2 of I Corps in the Philippines.  He was captured at Corregidor and was a prisoner of war from 1942 to 1945.

After the war, he commanded the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment in the 82d Airborne Division (1949-50); commanded the 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (1950-51); served on the Army G3 Staff (1951-53); served with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) 1953-54; attended the Naval War College (1955); served as Chief-of-Staff of the Berlin Command (1957-58); was the G3 of 8th Army in Korea (1960); was Chief-of-Staff of 2d Army (1960-62); Commander, 3d Armored Division (1962-64); and Commander, VI Corps (1964-66).

He retired as a Major General in 1966.

His awards included three Silver Star Medals, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.

General Pugh died at Round Hill, Virginia, on 2 March 1994 and was buried with full military honors in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.

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PUGH, JOHN R

  • MG   US ARMY
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 07/27/1909
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/02/1994
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 331 LH
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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