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Waldron Albert Whitney

Albert Whitney  Waldron
Major General
Serial Number:
32nd Infantry Division
Date of Death:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia
Section 30, Site 2048-RH

General Albert W. Waldron was appointed by Maj. Gen. Robert Eichelberger as commanding officer of the 32nd Infantry Division on 3 December 1942, but was wounded by a Japanese sniper on 5 December 1942. He was replaced by Clovis Ethelbert Byers Graduated from the U. S. Military Academy (1915), 32nd out of 164. His classmates included Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley. ~~~~~ DSC Citation The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Brigadier General Albert Whitney Waldron (ASN: 0-3795), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign near Buna Village, New Guinea. During an attack on the enemy position near Buna Village, many leaders of small infantry units became casualties and the units became disorganized. Brigadier General Waldron, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved along the line of the assault platoons under heavy fire from enemy snipers, machine guns, grenades and mortars. By his personal example, calm bearing and utter fearlessness, he inspired the men to great effort. Brigadier General Waldron's intrepid actions, personal bravery and gallant leadership exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.