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Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1886-1945

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1886 - 1945

Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. was born on July 18, 1886. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1908. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and commanded the defenses of Alaska early in the war. After that assignment, he was promoted to command 10th Army, which conducted the amphibious assault (Operation Iceberg) on the Japanese island of Okinawa. He was killed in 1945, during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa by enemy artillery fire, making him the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have been killed by enemy fire during World War II.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

"Operations in snow and extreme cold," manuscript

Stefansson Mss-74
 Collection
Identifier: Mss-74
Overview Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. (1886-1945), lieutenant general during W.W.II. Consist of typescripts of ms. for Buccaneer's "Operations in snow and extreme cold," published in 1941.