Thomas H. Green
|Thomas Henry Green|
April 22, 1889|
|Died||March 27, 1971(aged 81)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1917–1949|
|Commands held||Judge Advocate General|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal (2)|
Thomas Henry Green (April 22, 1889 – March 27, 1971) was an American military officer with the rank of Major general, who served as Judge Advocate General of the United States Army from 1945 to 1949.
Thomas Henry Green was born on April 22, 1889, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Green attended the Boston University and received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1915. He practiced law in Boston for some time.
His military career began back in February 1913, when he enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard as a Private in troop A, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. Green served with his national guard unit on Mexican Border in 1916 and was also commissioned a Second lieutenant of cavalry in the Regular Army, in 1917.
During World War I, Green was promoted to the temporary rank of Major and ordered to the France with 2nd Cavalry within American Expeditionary Force in March 1918. He participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive as a battalion commander.
After the war, Green attended the George Washington University and received a Master of Laws degree in 1923. Subsequently he served as Assistant Judge Advocate of the 2nd Corps at Governors Island, New York City. In 1939, Green was appointed a Chief of Patent Section in Military Affairs Section, Washington D.C.
Second World War
He was assigned to Fort Shafter, Hawaii, in August 1940 as Judge Advocate of the Hawaiian Department. Green was a Lieutenant Colonel at the time of the 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor. He was than appointed an Executive officer to the Military Governor of Hawaiian Islands, Lieutenant general Delos C. Emmons, and stayed in this capacity until 1943.
Green was promoted to the rank of Brigadier general on May 24, 1942. Following his service in Hawaii, he was transferred to the Washington, D.C., where he was appointed a Judge Advocate General, deputy of JAG, major general Myron C. Cramer. In this capacity, he was responsible for Military Justice and later also for Civil Justice.
Green served as JAG until November 30, 1949, when he finally retired from the Army. He was replaced by major general Ernest M. Brannon. For his service during World War II, major general Green received a Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and five Army Commendation Medals.
Life in retirement
After retirement from the Army, Green worked as Professor of Law and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona until his death. Major general Thomas Henry Green died on March 27, 1971, at the age of 81 years. He is buried together with his wife Ruth Tuthill Green (1895–1988) at Indian Mound Cemetery in Moravia, New York.
Major general Thomas H. Green received some decorations for his military service. Here is his ribbon bar:
|1st Row||Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster||Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters||Mexican Border Service Medal||World War I Victory Medal with two battle clasps|
|2nd Row||American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp||American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one service star||World War II Victory Medal|
- The Judge Advocate General
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- "Biography of Major-General Thomas Henry Green (1889 - 1971), USA". generals.dk. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- "Valor Awards for Thomas H. Green". militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- Thomas H. Green at Find a Grave
- Martial Law in Hawaii: The Papers of Major General Thomas H. Green, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army