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Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Cross (full)
"For extraordinary in action near Brieulles, France, November 2-4, 1918. He Personally Conducted a reconnaissance of the Meuse River to determine the most advantageous location for a crossing and for a bridge site. Having organized a storming party, he attack the enemy 100 paces distant, and, although failing, he managed to effect the crossing of the canal, after 20 hours of ceaseless struggling. His fearlessness and courage were mainly responsible for the advance of his brigade to the heights east of the Meuse".
  • General orders: War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1919)
  • Action date: November 2 - November 4, 1918
  • Service: Army
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Unit: 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, 5th Division
  • Issued: 31 December 1918 (Trier, Germany)
  • Presented by: Major General Hanson E. Ely, CG 5th Division

Army Distinguished Service Medal

Army Distinguished Service Medal (full)
"for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, Replacement and School Command, and as Commanding General, X Corps. General Hodges organized the Replacement and School Command initially, displaying sound judgment, professional skill, untiring initiative, and devotion to duty. As a result, the replacement training centers and schools of the Army Ground Forces were organized and expanded so as to meet fully the needs of the Army. General Hodges organized the X Corps initially and established its new units on a sound and progressive basis of development and training, to the great advantage of the war effort. The distinctive accomplishments of General Hodges reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army."
  • General orders: War Department, General Orders No. 31 (April 17, 1944)
  • Action date: May, 1942 - Feb, 1943
  • Service: Army
  • Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Unit: X Corps
  • Issued:
  • Presented by:


"for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility."
  • General orders: War Department, General Orders No. 90 (December 11, 1944)
  • Action date: 6 Jun - 14 Oct, 1944
  • Service: Army
  • Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Unit: First Army
  • Issued: January 18, 1945
  • Presented by: Omar N. Bradley


"for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility."
  • General orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 11 (February 9, 1949)
  • Action date: Nov, 1944 - Jan, 1949
  • Service: Army
  • Rank: General
  • Unit: First Army
  • Issued: February 1, 1949
  • Presented by: Roscoe B. Woodruff

Silver Star

Silver Star (full)
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Courtney Hicks Hodges (ASN: 0-2686), United States Army, for high devotion of duty, zeal energy and leadership. During the St. Mihiel Offensive he led his Battalion courageously, energetically and with fine success. During the Meuse-Argonne Offensive his Battalion was the first to cross the Meuse and storm the heights east of the river. The success attained by his regiment is measurably due to the constant and efficient efforts of this able officer."
  • General orders: War Department, General Orders No. ? (1919)
  • Action date: November 2 - November 4, 1918
  • Service: Army
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Unit: 6th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division
  • Issued:
  • Presented by:

Bronze Star Medal

Bronze Star (full)
"For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States at Aachen, Germany. The forces led by Lt. General Hodges first assaulted the strongly held city 8 October, 1944. On 21 October, nine days after an ultimatum had been presented to the German commander, the surrender of the city was assured. Lt. General Hodges' brilliant victory has upheld the highest tradition of the military service of the United States."
  • General orders: War Department, General Orders No. (1944)
  • Action date: October 8 - October 21, 1944
  • Service: Army
  • Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Unit: First Army
  • Issued: October 26, 1944 [1]
  • Presented by: Omar N. Bradley

Campaign/Service Medals

Mexican Service Medal (full) World War I Victory Medal (full) Army of Occupation of Germany Medal (full) American Defense Service Medal (full)
American Campaign Medal (full) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (full) European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (full) World War II Victory Medal (full)
Name Device
1st Row
Mexican Service Medal -
World War I Victory Medal 3 Service Clasps
(Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel, Defensive Sector)
Army of Occupation of Germany Medal -
American Defense Service Medal -
2nd Row
American Campaign Medal -
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal -
EAME Campaign Medal 7 Service Clasps
(Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace,
Central Europe, Ground Combat)
World War II Victory Medal -

Foreign Orders & Military Decorations

Ribbon Award Class Donor Government Date Awarded Presented by Reason
Order of the Liberator General San Martin, Grand Officer Order of the Liberator Grand Officer Flag of the Argentine Republic Argentine Republic 1948 Humberto Molina "He was first high-ranking United States official to greet the Argentine
Minister of War on the latter's arrival in New York In April 1948."
Order of Leopold (Grand Officer) Order of Leopold Grand Officer Flag of the Kingdom of Belgium Kingdom of Belgium 1945 Unknown Reason for award unknown.
Cross of War 1940-1945 (palm) Cross of War 1940-1945 - Flag of the Kingdom of Belgium Kingdom of Belgium 1945 Unknown Reason for award unknown.
Legion of Honour (Grand Officer) Order of the Legion of Honour Grand Officer Flag of the French Republic French Republic 09 Mar, 1945 Alphonse Juin Reason for award unknown.
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, palm Cross of War 1939-1945 - Flag of the French Republic French Republic 09 Mar, 1945 Alphonse Juin Reason for award unknown.
Order of the Oak Crown Order of the Oak Crown Unknown Flag of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 1945? Unknown Reason for award unknown.
Order of Suvorov Order of Suvorov First Class Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 15 May, 1945 Gleb Baklánov Reason for award unknown.
Order of the Bath Order of the Bath Knight Commander Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 20 Mar, 1945 Bernard Montgomery Reason for award unknown.

Memberships

Organization Position Date
Pi Kappa Alpha (North Georgia College) Member 1903 - 0000
Beta Alpha Psi (North Georgia College) Member 0000 - 1966
American Legion Member 0000 - 1966
Fort Sam Houston Officer's Club Member 0000 - 1966

Miscellaneous Awards and Honors

Award Name Presenter Date
Gold Medal Atlantic Division Rifle Competition 00.00.0000
Silver Medal Army Rifle Competition 00.00.0000
Rapid Fire Medal National Individual Match 00.00.0000
Bronze/Silver/Gold Medals National Matches 00.00.1910
Bronze Medal A.E.F. Rifle Competition 00.00.1918
Rifleman Medal National Matches 11.17.1931
Judge Elbert P. Tuttle Distinguished Achievement Award Pi Kappa Alpha 00.00.1942
Southern Cross of Honor Southern Cross of Honor United Daughters of the Confederacy 00.00.1945
[[File: 5th Guard Army Commemorative Medal 5th Guard Army 04.30.1945
[[File: Commemorative Plaque 5th Guard Army 04.30.1945
  • 1976 Inductee of the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame
  • General Courtney Hodges Blvd, Perry, Georgia is named in his honor
  • Hodges Hall, within Fort McPherson, is named after Hodges (May 4, 1970)

Hodges in Publication

Award Magazine Issue
TIME 10.15.1944 Time Magazine (Volume 94) 15 Oct, 1944
Name Writer Publisher (First Edition) Published
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Courtney H. Hodges and UMT 1946-1949 Gregory Fontenot University Press of Kansas 1971
Courtney Hodges: Modest Star of World War II G. Patrick Murray [[]] Sept, 1973
Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany 1944-1945 Russell R. Weigley Indiana University Press 1 Jun, 1981
A Command Post at War: First Army Headquarters in Europe, 1943-1945 David W. Hogan, Jr. Government Printing Office 2000
Courtney Hicks Hodges: From Private to Four-star General in the United States Army Stephan T. Wishnevsky McFarland & Company 12 Sept, 2006
Normandy to Victory: The War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First United States Army William C. Sylvan University Press of Kentucky 26 Sept, 2008

Achievements

  • 1st place, U.S. Infantry Rifle Team, National Matches (1910)
  • 3rd place, A.E.F. Rifle Competition in Le Mans, France (1919)
  • Placed 13th, International Tryouts Show, High Grade of Marksman
  • Perfect score, Florida State Rifle Competition

2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment (WWI)

  • First to cross the Meuse river

First Army (WWII)

  • First to hit the beaches of Normandy
  • First into Paris
  • First into Belgium
  • First to break the German iron ring in France - at St. Lo
  • First to cross the Siegfried line
  • First to take a German city - Aachen
  • First to cross the Rhine - at Remagen
  • First to the Elbe and to join the Red Army
  • Took the most German Prisoners
  • Captured more enemy territory then any other United States Army
  • First major United States force to switch from Europe to the Pacific
  • Witnessed both German and Japanese surrenders

Photo Gallery

Bradley, Hodges

Bronze Star - 10.27.44

Hodges, Bradley (1.18.45)

Distinguished Service Medal (OLC) - 1.19.45

Hodges, Juin, March 9, 1945

Legion of Honor (GO) - 3.9.45

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