Lieutenant General Stafford LeRoy “Red” Irwin was born March 23rd, 1893, and graduated from the United States Military Academy in the class of 1915.
Irwin served in the Cavalry with John J. Pershing.
During World War II, he commanded the Artillery, 9th infantry division in North Africa. He also commanded the 5th infantry division, (Patton's “spearhead” division) from 1943 to 1945, and then assumed command of the 12th Army Corps in 1945.
He served as Assistant Chief of Staff, Army Intelligence in 1948 and then commanded all United States Army forces in Austria.
General Irwin died at age 63 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
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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