Joseph May Swing

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Joseph May Swing
MacArthur arrives at Atsugi;ac01732.jpg
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, (2nd from r.), upon his arrival at Atsugi airdrome, near Tokyo, Japan, 30 August 1945. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger (right); Maj.Gen. Joseph M. Swing (left).
Born (1894-02-28)February 28, 1894
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died December 9, 1984(1984-12-09) (aged 90)
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1915–54
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 4th Infantry Division (United States) 11th Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (3)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (3)
Air Medal (2)

Joseph May Swing (February 28, 1894 – December 9, 1984) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army, who commanded the 11th Airborne Division during the campaign to liberate the Philippines in World War II.


He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on February 28, 1894. Swing attended the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1915 (as part of "the class the stars fell on"). As a young officer, he served as an aide to General Peyton March during World War 1. He was an artillery officer between the wars. During World War 2, after two artillery commands he was promoted to:

  • Commanding General, 11th Airborne Division 1943-48
  • Commanding General, I Corps 1948-49
  • Commanding General, Artillery Center/Commandant, The Artillery School 1949-50
  • Commandant, Army War College 1950-51
  • Commanding General, 6th US.Army 1951-54

He retired from active duty in 1954 and served as Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization 1954-61 under Eisenhower.

Robert L. Eichelberger & Joseph May Swing ("Pagdaong sa Nasugbu" Batangas) Monument.


He died on December 9, 1984, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Albert C. Wedemeyer
Commanding General of the Sixth United States Army
Succeeded by
Willard G. Wyman