John French Conklin

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John French Conklin
John F. Conklin.jpg
Born April 20, 1891
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Died January 25, 1973(1973-01-25) (aged 81)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1915 - 1951
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held Chief Engineer, Third U.S. Army

Pancho Villa Expedition
World War I
World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

John French Conklin (April 20, 1891 - January 25, 1973) was an American Brigadier general, who served most of his career in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. During the World War II, Conklin served as Chief Engineer, Third U.S. Army.

He was a recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.[1]

Early years[edit]

John French Conklin was born on April 20, 1891 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as a son of Army Colonel, John Conklin and his wife Rosalie French Conklin. He came from the family with a long military tradition, because his maternal grandfather was Union major general William H. French and also maternal uncle was major general John Clem. So John F. Conklin attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated as a part of "the class the stars fell on" on June 12, 1915. He was also commissioned a Second lieutenant on that date.

His first assignment was with 2nd Battalion of Engineers, with whom he served on the Mexican Border during the Pancho Villa Expedition until April 1917. He was subsequently appointed an Instructor and Assistant Adjutant of the Officers Training Camp at Fort Myer, Virginia.


Here is Brigadier General Conklin's ribbon bar:

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Army Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit Bronze Star Medal Army Commendation Medal
2nd Row Mexican Service Medal World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal
3rd Row European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five service stars World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal National Defense Service Medal
4th Row Chevalier of the Legion of Honor (France) French Croix de guerre 1939-1945 with Palm Belgian Croix de guerre 1940-1945 with Palm Soviet Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class


  1. ^ "John F. Conklin". Retrieved July 23, 2013.