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General
Jacob L. Devers
Basic Information
Born September 8, 1887
York, York County, Pennsylvania
Died October 15, 1979 (aged 92)
Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Cause/death
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Georgie Hays Lyon
(1911 - 1967; her death)
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Military Information
Allegiance US Flag United States
branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of Service 6.15.1905 - 6.11.1909
United States Military Academy
6.11.1909 - 9.30.1949
United States Army
(44 years, 3 months, 16 days)
Rank General insignia General

Jacob Loucks Devers, USA (September 8, 1887 - October 15, 1979)

In-depth Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Military Career
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[[File: 2nd Chief of Armored Forces Fort Knox, Kentucky 1 Aug, 1941 8 May, 1943
[[File: Mediterranean Theater of Operations Deputy
Supreme
Commander
Mediterranean Theater 8 Jan, 1944 22 Oct, 1944
[[File: United States Army Forces,
European Theater of Operations
Commanding
General
European Theater 7 May, 1943 16 Jan, 1944
[[File: United States Army Forces,
North African Theater of Operations
Commanding
General
Mediterranean Theater 8 Jan, 1944 22 Oct, 1944
[[File: Sixth United States Army Group Commanding
General
European Theater 14 Sept, 1944 30 Jun, 1945
[[File: Army Ground Forces Commanding
General
Fort Monroe, Virginia 1 Jul, 1945 15 Mar, 1948
[[File: Army Field Forces Commanding
General
Fort Monroe, Virginia 15 Mar, 1948 30 Sept, 1949
Civilian Career

Military & Civilian SchoolsEdit

Name Degree Location Begin Date End Date
York High School - York, Pennsylvania 1901 1905
United States Military Academy B.S. West Point, New York 6/15/1905 6/11/1909 39th in class
Command and General Staff College - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 9/3/1924 6/28/1925 Distinguished Graduate
Army War College - Washington, D.C. 8/15/1932 6/29/1933
Williams College LL. D. Williamstown, Massachusetts 1946
Nancy-Université Honor. D. Lorraine, France
Norwich University D. of M.S. Northfield, Vermont

Dates of RankEdit

Regular Army

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
No Insignia Cadet
U.S. Military Academy
June 15, 1905 17
O-1 No Insignia 2nd Lieutenant
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
June 11, 1909 21
O-2
1st Lieutenant Insignia
1st Lieutenant
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
April 1, 1916 28
O-3
Captain insignia
Captain
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
May 15, 1917 29
O-4
Major insignia
Major
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
July 1, 1920 32
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel insignia
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
February 26, 1934 46
O-6
Colonel insignia
Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
July 1, 1938 50
O-7
Brigadier General insignia
Brigadier General May 1, 1940 52
O-8
Major General Insignia
Major General October 3, 1944 57
Retired (Operation of Law) September 30, 1949 62
O-10
General insignia
General Retired List October 1, 1949 62

National Army/American Expeditionary Force

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
O-4
Major insignia
Major
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
August 5, 1917 29
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel insignia
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
July 30, 1918 30 accepted: August 30, 1918
Honorable Discharge August 20, 1918 30

Army of the United States

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
O-8
Major General Insignia
Major General October 1, 1940 53
O-9
Lieutenant General insignia
Lieutenant General September 6, 1942 54
O-10
General insignia
General March 8, 1945 56

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Awards and DecorationsEdit

United States Decorations
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2 Oakleaf) Distinguished Service Medal two oak leaf clusters
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze Star Bronze Star Medal
World War I Victory Medal World War I Victory Medal
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) E-A-ME Campaign Medal arrowhead; six service stars
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal 'Germany' clasp
Foreign Decorations (in order worn)
Order of the Bath Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Knight Commander / KCB) Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Order of Military Merit (Brazil) (Grand Officer) Order of Military Merit (Grand Officer) Flag of Brazil Republic of Brazil
Legion of Honour (Grand Officer) National Order of the Legion of Honour (Grand Officer) Flag of the French Republic French Republic
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, palm Cross of War 1939-1945 with palm Flag of the French Republic French Republic
Virtuti Militari (Poland) War Order of Virtuti Militari (Officer) Flag of Poland Republic of Poland
Star of Military Merit (Chile) Order of Merit (Knight) Flag of Chile Republic of Chile
Order of the Nile (Grand Cordon) Order of the Nile (Grand Cordon) Flag of Egpytian Kingdom Kingdom of Egypt
Order of Leopold (Commander) Order of Leopold (Commander) Flag of the Kingdom of Belgium Kingdom of Belgium
Cross of War 1940-1945 (palm) Cross of War 1940-1945 with Palm Flag of the Kingdom of Belgium Kingdom of Belgium
Foreign decorations (not worn on uniform)
Order of Military Merit (Mexico) (Modern) Order of Military Merit (Grand Cross) Flag of Mexico United Mexican States
Order of the Liberator General San Martin, Grand Officer Order of the Liberator General San Martin (Grand Officer) Flag of the Argentine Republic Argentine Republic
Identification Badges
[[File: Sixth Army Group
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Former Wartime Service patch
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) Four Overseas Service Bars
Miscellaneous Awards & Honors
  • Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame
  • George Catlett Marshall Medal, 1965 (Association of the United States Army)
  • Honorary Doctorate (L.H.D.), 1974 (York College of Pennsylvania)

Battles/WarsEdit

World War I

    • No overseas service
    • Occupation of Germany

World War II

    • Operation Dragoon
    • Operation Overlord

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