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James Winfield Coutts
Brigadier General, United States Army
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Information Courtesy of Michael Stein:


Born July 20, 1909 in Pennsylvania
 Cadet, US Military Academy, 1928-32
Graduated as No. 9547, Class of 1932

Second Lieutenant 1932
First Lieutenant 1935
Captain (AUS) 1940
Major (AUS) 1942
Captain 1942
Lieutenant Colonel (AUS) 1943
Colonel (AUS) 1944
Lieutenant Colonel 1948
Brigadier General

Commanding Officer, Company "D", 28th Infantry Regiment 1932-33
Served with 10th Infantry Regiment & Post Adjutant, Ft. Hayes 1933-36
Student, Infantry School 1936-37
Served with 27th Infantry Regiment 1937-40
Commanding Officer, Company "B", 1st Infantry Regiment 1940
Commanding Officer, Company "B", 501st Parachute Battalion 1940-41
S-3, 501st Parachute Battalion 1941-42
Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment 1942
Plans G-3 Division, European Theater of Operations US.Army (ETOUSA) 1942-43
Assistant Commandant, Parachute School, Ft. Benning 1943-44
Commanding Officer, 514th Parachute Infantry Regiment 1944
Commanding Officer, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment 1944-45
Assistant Commandant, Airborne School, Ft. Benning 1945-46
Student, Command & General Staff College 1946
Chief of Staff, 82nd Airborne Division 1946-47
Served with Headquarters, US. European Command 1947-48
Served with International Group (Plans & Operations Division), Army General Staff 1948-50
Served with Staff & College, Command & General Staff College 1950-53
Chief of Staff VI Corps & KMAG, Japan 1954-55
Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division 1956-57
Commanding General, US.Army Antilles 1957-58
Chief of Staff, Caribbean Command 1958-60
Director of Staff, Inter-American Defense Board 1960-62
Retired 1962
 Silver Star - Bronze Star Medal - Purple Heart (2) - Legion of Merit (2) 

Research regarding General Coutts' career continues.

JW Coutts Gravesite PHOTO
Photograph By M. R. Patterson, October 2002

Posted: 20 October 2002
Updated: 31 October 2002
Updated: 22 February 2003
US Military Academy (West Point) SEAL

Silver Star Medal
Silver Star

Legion of Merit
Legion of

Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star

Purple Heart Medal
Purple Heart
Medal (2)