In February 1943, General MacArthur requested General Walter Krueger to be placed in command of the newly formed United States Sixth Army, which was to be sent into action in the Southwest Pacific.
General Krueger was born in Prussia and came to the United States when eight years old. When he came within age, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the outbreak of the Spanish American War, seeing service in Cuba. When he mustered out, he re-enlisted and went to the Philippines where his commanding officer was General MacArthur's father. Army life suited the close-cropped, pipe smoking young man who remained in the military service with distinction in a total of four wars.
Before going to the Southwest Pacific, General Krueger, one of the few general officers to have risen from the ranks without any West Point training, had commanded the Eighth and Third Armies, where his reputation as a tactician was steadily enhanced in an extensive series of maneuvers held in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana during 1941, the most ambitious field exercises ever undertaken by the United States Army involving hundreds of thousands of men.
Nearly every United States Division to see service before the middle of 1943 had learned from General Krueger, either because it had served under him or had fought against him in those training maneuvers. We should never forget those who took his training and then went to bring peace throughout the world during World War II.
Please continue to keep our military personnel and their families in your prayers.
Charles R. Pearson
Chaplain, Malvern Legion Post 375