Trudeau in OG-107 uniform
June 5, 1902|
Middlebury, Vermont, U.S.
|Died||May 5, 1991
Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.
|Buried||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.|
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1924–1962|
|Commands held|| 7th Infantry Division
Chief of Army intelligence
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal (3)
|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
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.
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. On October 18, 1956, Trudeau was promoted to lieutenant general. In 1958, he returned to Washington as Director of Army Research and Development.
Later life and death
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.
- U.S. Army biography of General Trudeau both in service and private sectors
- Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau Interview Table of Contents
- Arthur Trudeau's FBI files, hosted at the Internet Archive: