Arthur Trudeau

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Arthur Trudeau
Arthur Trudeau.jpg
Trudeau in OG-107 uniform
Born (1902-06-05)June 5, 1902
Middlebury, Vermont, U.S.
Died May 5, 1991(1991-05-05) (aged 88)
Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.
Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1924–1962
Rank US Army O9 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant general
Commands held 7th Infantry Division (United States) 7th Infantry Division
Chief of Army intelligence
I Corps (United States) I Corps

World War II

Korean War

Awards Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Other work President, Gulf Research Development Company

Arthur Gilbert Trudeau (July 5, 1902 – June 5, 1991) was a lieutenant general in the United States Army. He is best known for his command of the 7th Infantry Division during the Battle of Pork Chop Hill in the Korean War.

Early life and education[edit]

One of Trudeau's last parades in Korea, for the first deployment of U.S. atomic weapons in Korea in 1958

Trudeau was born in Middlebury, Vermont,[2] and entered West Point in 1920. He graduated in the Class of 1924 and later served in the 104th Engineers of the New Jersey National Guard.


In 1944, he was promoted to brigadier general. Considered a specialist in amphibious warfare, he assumed command of a secret base in the Philippines in 1945, assisting in the preparation for an invasion of Japan which never came. After the war, he served in Germany, before becoming deputy commander of the Army War College in 1950.[3]

During the Korean War, Trudeau commanded the 7th Infantry Division and would earn the Silver Star by personally leading a reconnaissance team to scout a strategic position, Pork Chop Hill, while it was under heavy enemy fire. He was named Chief of Army intelligence in October 1953, but was relieved of his command 20 months later when Allen W. Dulles, Director of Central Intelligence, sent a scathing memorandum of complaints to the Pentagon. Although the contents of the memorandum were not made public, General Trudeau was noted for his vigorous anti-Communist statements, and he often clashed with other government officials over their differing views of communist intentions. He returned to Korea to take command of I Corps.[4] On October 18, 1956, Trudeau was promoted to lieutenant general.[citation needed] In 1958, he returned to Washington as Director of Army Research and Development.[4]

Later life and death[edit]

Upon retirement from the Army in 1962, General Trudeau went on to head Gulf Labs of the Gulf Oil Corporation in Pittsburgh until 1968. He then served as a special adviser to the chairman of Pittsburgh's Rockwell International aerospace firm until 1972.

Throughout his military service, General Trudeau was an outspoken advocate of racial integration of the military. He also said it was in the nation's best interests that educational opportunities be provided for the disadvantaged so they could take advantage of new career openings. General Trudeau is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

He died on June 5, 1991, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


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