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General
Charles Lawrence Bolte
Charles L. Bolte (GEN)
General Bolte, ca. 1953-55
U.S. Army General Flag (General)
Individual Flag (Four Star General)

InformationEdit

Basic Information
Born 08 May 1895
Place of birth Chicago, Cook County,
Illinois
Died 11 February 1989 (aged 93)
Place of death Alexandria, Virginia
Cause of death cerebrovascular accident
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Adelaide Bolte (née Poore)
(m. 19?? - 11 Feb 1989; his death)
Alma mater Armour Institute of Technology (B.S.Ch.E.)
Nickname n/a
Military Info
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years/service 06 Nov 1916 - 10 Nov 1917;
Organized Reserves
25 Oct 1917 - 30 Apr 1955;
United States Army
Service # Officer - 6908

Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Organization or Command Title / Position Branch Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Army Career
[[File: [[]]
58th Infantry:
4th Division
Unknown 1st Lieutenant Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:
France
00 Aug 1917 00 Sep 1918
85th Infantry Division  ? Company:
338th Infantry:
85th Infantry Division
Company Commander Captain France 00 Jan 1919 00 Mar 1919
4th Infantry Division 4th Division:
Army of Occupation
Adjutant Captain Germany;
Fort Sheridan, Illinois;
Gary, Indiana
00 Mar 1919 00 Sep 1919
Historical Branch:
War Plans Division:
War Department General Staff
assigned Captain Washington, D.C. 00 Feb 1920 00 Sep 1920
Infantry School Instructor Captain Fort Benning, Georgia 00 Sep 1920 1921
8th Corps Area aide-de-camp to General Hines Captain Fort Sam Houston, Texas 1921 20 Nov 1922
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff:
War Department General Staff
aide-de-camp to General Hines Captain Washington, D.C. 05 Dec 1922 13 Sep 1924
Office of the Chief of Staff:
War Department General Staff
aide-de-camp to General Hines Captain Washington, D.C. 14 Sep 1924 00 Sep 1926
Infantry School, Officer's Course Student Officer Captain Fort Benning, Georgia 00 Sep 1926 00 May 1927
Infantry School Instructor Captain Fort Benning, Georgia 00 May 1927 19??
Infantry School, Advanced Course Instructor Captain Fort Benning, Georgia 19?? 00 Sep 1930
Command and General Staff School Student Officer Captain Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 00 Sep 1930 00 Jun 1932
12th Infantry Division  ? Battalion:
15th Infantry:
Philippine Division
S-3 Company & Battalion Commander Captain American Barracks, Tianjin, China 00 Jun 1932 00 Apr 1936
9th Infantry Division  ? Battalion:
13th Infantry:
9th Division
Battalion Commander Major Fort Devens, Massachusetts 00 Apr 1936 00 Aug 1936
Army War College Student Officer Major Washington Barracks 00 Aug 1936 00 Jun 1937
Army War College Instructor Major Washington Barracks 00 Jun 1937 193?
Army War College Member, War Planning Caucus Major Washington Barracks 193? 1940
Office of the Chief of Air Corps:
War Department General Staff
Temporary Duty Lieutenant Colonel Washington, D.C. 1940 1940
IV US Corps IV Army Corps Operations and Training Officer Lieutenant Colonel Jacksonville, Florida 00 Nov 1940 00 May 1941
United States Army Forces in the British Isles Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Brigadier General) Brigadier General London, England 00 May 1941 00 Jun 1942
Army Ground Forces Army Ground Forces attached - U.S. Army General Flag (Brigadier General) Brigadier General Washington, D.C. 00 Aug 1942 00 Sep 1942
51st Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander - U.S. Army General Flag (Brigadier General) Brigadier General Camp White, Oregon 00 Sep 1942 00 May 1943
69th Infantry Division 69th Infantry Division 1st Commanding General - U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Camp Shelby, Mississippi 00 May 1943 00 Sep 1944
34th Infantry Division 34th Infantry Division 6th Commanding General - U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Italy 00 Jul 1944 03 Nov 1945
Army Ground Forces Army Ground Forces Ground Plans Officer US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Washington, D.C. 00 Nov 1945 00 Aug 1946
Army Ground Forces Army Ground Forces Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Fort Monroe, Virginia 09 Aug 1946 09 Mar 1948
Army Ground Forces Army Field Forces Deputy Chief, Army Field Forces - U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Fort Monroe, Virginia 09 Mar 1948 00 May 1948
Joint Mexican - United States Defense Commission:
United States Department of State
Army Member - U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Washington, D.C. 00 May 1948 15 May 1949
Plans and Operations Division:
Headquarters, Department of the Army
Director of Plans and Operations US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Washington, D.C. 16 May 1949 28 Feb 1950
Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G- 3, Operations:
Headquarters, Department of the Army
Assistant Chiefs of Staff, G-3, Operations US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Major General) Major General Washington, D.C. 01 Mar 1950 12 Feb 1951
Inter-American Defense Board 6th President - U.S. Army General Flag (Lieutenant General) Lieutenant General Washington, D.C. 00 Jan 1951 00 Aug 1952
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans:
Headquarters, Department of the Army
19th Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Lieutenant General) Lieutenant General Washington, D.C. 15 Feb 1951 15 Jan 1952
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Research:
Headquarters, Department of the Army
19th Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Research US Army General Staff Insignia U.S. Army General Flag (Lieutenant General) Lieutenant General Washington, D.C. 15 Jan 1952 31 Jul 1952
Seventh Army (United States) Seventh Army 8th Commanding General - U.S. Army General Flag (Lieutenant General) Lieutenant General Germany 12 Aug 1952 31 Mar 1953
US Army Europe United States Army Europe 13th Commander-in-Chief - U.S. Army General Flag (General) General Germany 01 Apr 1953 29 Sep 1953
Office of the Vice Chief of Staff:
Headquarters, Department of the Army
4th Vice Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia Army Vice Chief of Staff Flag General Washington, D.C. 07 Oct 1953 30 Apr 1955
Civilian Career

Dates of RankEdit

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Appointment Age Date of Rank Accepted Time Spent in Rank
United States Army (Regular)
O-1
2nd Lieutenant (US Infantry alternative)
2nd Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
25 Oct 1917 22 10 Nov 1917
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
25 Oct 1917 22
O-3
Captain (US Infantry)
Captain
US Army Infantry Insignia
01 Jul 1920 25
O-4
Major (US Infantry)
Major
US Army Infantry Insignia
01 Aug 1935 40
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Infantry)
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
18 Aug 1940 45
O-6
Colonel (US Infantry)
Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
01 Sep 1946 46
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General - 24 Jan 1948 48 05 Oct 1944
Retirement 30 Apr 1955 60
O-10
General (USA)
General - 30 Apr 1955 60 30 Jul 1953 30 Apr 1955
Organized Reserves
O-1
2nd Lieutenant (US Infantry alternative)
2nd Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
06 Nov 1916 21 23 Dec 1916
Active Duty 08 May 1917 -
Vacated 10 Nov 1917 -
National Army
O-3
Captain (US Infantry)
Captain
US Army Infantry Insignia
10 Aug 1918 23 19 Sep 1918
Honorable Discharge 30 Jun 1920 -
Army of the United States (Temporary)
O-6
Colonel (US Infantry)
Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
24 Dec 1941 46
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General - 17 Jan 1942 46
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General - 26 Apr 1943 47 12 May 1943
O-9
Lieutenant General (USA)
Lieutenant General - 13 Feb 1951 55
O-10
General (USA)
General - 30 Jul 1953 58

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Army Distinguished Service Medal (1 Oakleaf) Army Distinguished Service Medal one bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit
Purple Heart Purple Heart
Service/Campaign Medals
World War I Victory Medal (4 stars) World War I Victory Medal four bronze campaign clasps
Army of Occupation of Germany Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
American Defense Service Medal (Foreign Service Star) American Defense Service Medal 'Foreign Service' clasp
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (6SS & 1AH) European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal arrowhead; one bronze & one silver campaign stars
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal 'Italy' clasp
National Defense Service Medal National Defense Service Medal
Foreign Personal Decorations
Order of Military Merit (Brazil) (Grand Officer) Grand Officer of the Order of Military Merit Flag of Brazil Republic of Brazil
Medal of War (Brazil) War Cross Flag of Brazil Republic of Brazil
Order of Boyaca Order of Boyacá Flag of Colombia Republic of Colombia
Order of the Holy Trinity Grand Cordon of the Order of the Holy Trinity Flag of Ethiopian Empire Ethiopian Empire
Legion of Honour (Officer) Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour Flag of the French Republic French Republic
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, palm War Cross 1939-1945 with palm Flag of the French Republic French Republic
Order of the Bath Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Commander) Commander of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus Flag of Italian Kingdom Kingdom of Italy
Military Order of Italy Military Order of Savoy Flag of Italian Kingdom Kingdom of Italy
Order of Military Merit (Mexico) (Modern) First Class of the Order of Military Merit [[File: United Mexican States
Identification Badges
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
(worn from 1949)
34th Infantry Division 34th Infantry Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Former Wartime Service patch
(worn from 1945)
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) Four Overseas Service Bars
Overseas Service Bar (WWI) Two Overseas Service Chevrons

Battles/Wars ParticipationEdit

World War I (06 Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918)

World War II (08 Dec 1941 - 02 Sept 1945)

Korean War (07 Jul 1950 - 27 Jul 1953)

Foreign and Overseas ServiceEdit

Quotes / ReflectionsEdit

NotesEdit

FamilyEdit

Name Relation Lifespan Notes
Nuclear Family
Adelaide Carleton Poore Wife
Demara Bolte Daughter
David E. Bolte Son Colonel, USA
Philip L. Bolte Son Brigadier General, USA
Benjamin A. Poore Father-in-law Major General, USA

GalleryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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