Harold R. Bull

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Harold Roe Bull
Harold R Bull.jpg
Born (1893-01-06)January 6, 1893
Springfield, Massachusetts
Died November 1, 1976(1976-11-01) (aged 83)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1914 – 1952
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 4th Infantry Division
III Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Lieutenant General Harold Roe Bull (January 6, 1893 – November 1, 1976) was a general in the United States Army and served as Assistant Chief of Staff (G-3) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) from 1943 to 1945.

Biography[edit]

Bull was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1914.[1]

World War II[edit]

He served as Assistant Chief of Staff (G-3) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) under Dwight D. Eisenhower from October 1943 until SHAEF was dissolved in July 1945. He later served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces in Europe (USFET) until returning to the United States Department of War in September 1946.

As head of the Operations (G-3) section of SHAEF, Bull had a major role in the planning of military operations in Europe. His office prepared most of the periodic situation reports to the Combined Chiefs of Staff and the SHAEF Operational Directives which were issued by Eisenhower’s headquarters. Bull’s office included the SHAEF meteorological staff which compiled weather reports for use in planning military operations. A favorable weather report by Bull’s staff helped General Eisenhower decide to launch the invasion of Normandy on the morning of June 6, 1944. From September 20 to September 29, 1944, Bull was commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division.

Bull was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1949. He retired from the army in 1952 and died in Washington, D.C. in 1976.

Decorations[edit]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Mexican Border Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
World War I Victory Medal with 3 Battle Clasps
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven service stars
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Officer of the Legion of Honor
French Croix de guerre 1939–1945 with Palm

References[edit]

  1. ^ Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy. West Point, NY: West Point Military Academy, 2004. p. 2-18.

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