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GENERAL LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/29/1945 - HFSID 167461

LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT, JR. TLS: "LK Truscott Jr" as Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Commanding, 1p, 7¾x9½. Headquarters, Third United States Army, 1945 October 29. On letterhead of Office of the Commanding General to Master Marvin Crumb, Rochester, New York.

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LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT, JR. TLS: "LK Truscott Jr" as Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Commanding, 1p, 7¾x9½. Headquarters, Third United States Army, 1945 October 29. On letterhead of Office of the Commanding General to Master Marvin Crumb, Rochester, New York. In full: "Thank you very much for your letter requesting the insignia of the Third United States Army. I am inclosing (sic) this shoulder-patch and hope it finds a conspicuous place in your collection." Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Fine condition. Accompanied by embroidered shoulder patch, 2¼-inch diameter. Insignia, on a blue field, has a red circle with a white "A" at the center. Slightly worn at edges, else fine condition. Lieutenant General Lucian King Truscott, Jr. (1895-1965) succeeded General George S. Patton as Commander of the famed Third Army at Bavaria in October 1945, one month after WWII ended with Japan's formal surrender and just days before Truscott signed this letter. The outspoken Patton was relieved of the post on September 28, 1945 by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander of Allied forces in Europe, after expressing disagreement with the future President's denazification policy. "Old Blood and Guts" Patton, the famed tank commander, would die less than three months later after being injured in an automobile accident. Truscott, a highly praised Army commander in the Mediterranean during the war, was promoted from Colonel to General for successively leading through battle a regiment, division, corps and field army, a unique accomplishment. A schoolteacher before enlisting in the Army at the outset of America's entry into WWI (1917), Truscott organized and trained the first American Ranger unit in 1942. The same year, the former cavalryman received the Distinguished Service Medal after he commanded a special task force that secured Port Lyautey in French Morocco. As a hard-driving WWII infantry commander who despised the Germans, Truscott was intent on making his soldiers the fastest and toughest in the Army. With strenuous training, he doubled the normal marching speed of two and half miles per hour for his "Truscott Trotters" in the Third Infantry Division, the unit that successfully invaded Sicily in 1943. Truscott was Commander of the Sixth Army Corps, which captured Rome and swept across southern France (1944). Later, he led the Fifth Army during its push north in Italy, which resulted in the German forces in that country surrendering on May 2, 1945. Two items. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 30½x22.

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