Franklin C. Sibert
|Franklin Cummings Sibert|
January 3, 1891|
Bowling Green, Kentucky
|Died||June 24, 1980
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1912-1946|
|Commands held|| X Corps
6th Infantry Division
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
|Relations||MG William L. Sibert (father)
MG Edwin L. Sibert (brother)
Franklin Cummings Sibert (January 3, 1891 – June 24, 1980) was a United States Army general. During World War II, Sibert was originally the commander of the 6th Infantry Division but was promoted to command the X Corps of General Walter Krueger's US Sixth Army. His Corps took part in the landing operations of the Battle of Leyte in the Philippines.
Franklin Cummings Sibert was born on January 3, 1891 in Bowling Green, Kentucky as a son of future Major general, William L. Sibert and his wife Mary Margaret Cummings. He attended the United States Military Academy and graduated on June 12, 1912. He was commissioned a Second lieutenant in the infantry on the same date. One year later, Sibert married Helen Mildred Rogers on March 4, 1913.
In 1934, Sibert served as a Battalion Commanding officer in the 29th Infantry Regiment and subsequently served in the various infantry positions at Fort Benning or as the Member of the Infantry Board.
World War II
In 1939, Sibert spent some time in Michigan as a Commanding officer of Fort Wayne or Camp Custer. In September 1941 Sibert was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and was appointed to the staff of Lieutenant general Joseph W. Stilwell, Commander of the U.S. Forces in China-Burma-India Theater. Sibert accompanied Stillwell in the retreat from Burma in 1942.
Sibert was then appointed the Commanding officer of the 6th Infantry Division. He replaced major general Durward S. Wilson in this capacity. He was also promoted to the rank of Major General on March 11, 1942. He participated in the New Guinea and Philippines campaigns.