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Major General Bryant E. Moore

Major General Bryant Edward Moore (June 6, 1894 – February 24, 1951) was the last commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Division in WW2. Born in Maine he graduated from West Point in 1917. In the early days of WW2 he served as Colonel commanding the 164th Infantry Regiment, of the Americal Division.

This was the first Army Regiment to fight on Guadalcanal alongside the U.S. Marines, and  were eventually given the nickname  "The 164th Marines" for their fightign ability at Point Cruz. With this sucessful combat action under his belt Moore was promoted to Brigadier General and served as Assistant Division Commander of the 104th “Timberwolves” Infantry Division.

Assuming command of the 8th Infantry Division in February 1945 he led the unit to final victory and back to the States where the division was disbanded and the men sent home. After leaving the Division in November 1945, he returned to Europe to command the troops at Trieste where he prevented a flare up with Tito’s Yugoslavian forces. From 1949 to 1951 he commanded the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In the Korean War he commanded the IX Corps, but died from a heart attack after his helicopter crashed on 24 February 1951. He was posthumously promoted to four-star general, and was buried at West Point.





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