Harold R. Bull
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|Birth name||Harold Roe Bull|
January 6, 1893|
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||November 1, 1976
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1914–1952|
|Commands held||4th Infantry Division
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
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.
World War II
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.
- 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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