Stafford LeRoy Irwin
|Stafford LeRoy Irwin|
Major General Stafford LeRoy Irwin in 1946
March 23, 1893|
Ft. Monroe, Virginia
|Died||November 23, 1955
Asheville, North Carolina
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1915–1952|
Stafford LeRoy Irwin (March 23, 1893 – November 23, 1955) was a lieutenant general of the United States Army. He came from the family with long military tradition. He was the son of Army Major General of the Artillery, George LeRoy Irwin and his grandfather was a Brigadier General of the United States Army Medical Corps, Bernard J. D. Irwin, who was recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Education and First Assignment
Irwin was born on March 23, 1893 at Fort Monroe, Virginia as a son of army Major General George LeRoy Irwin and his wife Marla Elizabeth. First, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated in June 1915 as a part of "the class the stars fell on" (Many of his classmates became a general officers during the World War II, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, Henry Aurand, James Van Fleet and many others).
He was also commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Cavalry Branch of the Army on the June 12, 1915. Irwin subsequently served with the cavalry under command of General John Pershing during Pancho Villa Expedition as a member of the 11th Cavalry in 1916 and the following year, he was transferred to the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, where he attended an artillery training and then was promoted to a gunnery instructor.
Between World War I and World War II, Stafford Irwin held a variety of positions. He was a professor of Military Science and Tactics, Yale University, from 1919 to 1920. He served as an instructor to the Oklahoma National Guard from 1920 to 1924. He spent the period of 1929 to 1933 as an instructor at the Field Artillery School. Irwin was assigned to the Organized Reserves from 1933 to 1936.
World War II
Stafford Irwin was the commander of artillery for the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa. He was noted for performing well during the Battle of Kasserine Pass. Following the North Africa Campaign he was given command of the 5th Infantry Division during Patton's drive across Europe.
General Stafford would finish the war as the commander of the XII Corps and serve in that position until September 1945.
Postwar and retirement
After the war, Irwin returned to the United States and became commander of V Corps in 1946 and director of the Military Intelligence Division in 1948. He finished his military career as the commander of U.S. Army forces in Austria from 1950 to 1952. He retired in 1952 due to medical problems.
Irwin was married in 1921 to Helen (Hall) Irwin and together they had one son, Francis LeRoy. After Helen died in 1937, Irwin remarried in 1941 to Clare (Moran) Irwin. His second marriage also produced a son.
Lieutenant General Irwin´s ribbon bar:
- BIGGEST WEST POINT CLASS JOINS ARMY New York Times, June 13, 1915
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