The Generals of WWII

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Portrait of Lieutenant-General Ben Lear

Lear, Ben


* 12th of May 1879

† 2nd of November 1966


1920-07-01 Lieutenant-Colonel
1929-09-19 Colonel
1936-05-01 Brigadier-General
1938-10-01 Major-General
1940-10-01 Lieutenant-General (Army of the United States)
1940-10-01 Lieutenant-General (Temporary)
1943-05-30 Termination of rank Lieutenant-General (Temporary)
1945-12-31 Lieutenant-General (Retired)


1919-07-07 1921-08-19 Director of Horsemanship Department, Cavalry School
1920-08-19 1922-06-20 Attending the School of the Line
1922-06-20 1922-07-25 Attached to Fort Lewis, Washington
1922-07-25 1923-06-17 Attending the General Staff School
1923-06-XX 1923-07-24 Attached to Camp Knox, Kentucky
1923-07-XX 1925-06-29 Instructor at the General Service Schools
1925-07-XX 1926-06-30 Attending the Army War College
1926-07-XX 1927-10-17 Commanding Officer 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment
1927-10-XX 1930-11-10 Chief of Inspections Division, Office of the Inspector-General
1931-01-03 1933-06-30 Commanding Officer 11th Cavalry Regiment
1933-07-XX 1934-11-03 Inspector, 9th Corps Area
1934-11-04 1936-06-24 Chief of Staff, 9th Corps Area
1936-07-02 1936-07-06 Commanding Officer 2nd Cavalry Brigade
1936-07-XX 1938-10-31 Commanding General I Cavalry Corps
1936-07-06 1936-09-04 Commanding General 1st Cavalry Division
1936-09-04 1936-10-25 Commanding Officer 2nd Cavalry Brigade
1936-10-01 1938-11-21 Commanding General 1st Cavalry Division
1938-12-09 1940-02-16 Commanding General Pacific Sector Panama Canal Zone
1940-02-16 1940-09-XX Commanding General Panama Mobile Force
1940-10-01 1943-04-25 Commanding General 2nd Army
1941-03-17 1943-04-25 Commanding General Central Defense Command
1943-05-31 Retired
1943-06-01 Recalled
1943-XX-XX 1944-XX-XX Member of the Secretary of War's Personnel Board
1944-07-14 1945-01-20 Commander in Chief Army Ground Force
1945-XX-XX Deputy Commander in Chief Army Forces US European Theater of Operations
1945-12-31 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley