||Brooks, Edward Hale "Ted"
|Date of birth: ||April 25th, 1893 (Concord/New Hampshire, United States)
|Date of death:
October 10th, 1978 (Concord/New Hampshire, United States)
Edward Hale Brooks was born April 25th, 1893, the son of Edward Waite Brooks and Mary Francis Hale. He graduated in June 1911 from Concord High School and subsequently studied Civil Engineering at Norwich University (Military College of Vermont). While in Concord High School, he already served as Sergeant in Company B, Cadet Battalion. At Norwich University he rose to Captain in his fourth year with the Cadet Corps. In June 1915 he joined 1st Cavalry, Vermont National Guard. In 1917 he initially started work in civil engineering. November 29th, 1917, he married Beatrice Aurora Leavitt with whom he had two children.
August 1917 he was taken up in the American Army and ended up in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade. He went to France with this unit in April 1918. Here he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on October 5th, 1918. After the Armistice, Ted Brooks was posted to the Army of Occupation in Germany. In August 1919 he returned to the United States and came back to Field Artilley via the Cavalry.
In September 1921 he attended Field Artillery School at Fort Sill from which he graduated in June 1922, later on he was given command of a battery in 24th Field Artillery Regiment. After various postings and additional training, Brooks ended up as instructor in the Attack Section, Command and General Staff College in 1937. Between 1939 and 1941 he served as Chief of Statistics Branch on the General Staff of the War Department, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded a Legion of Merit for his achievements during this period. In september 1941, Brooks was posted to the staff of the new to be formed armoured forces, making him a Brigadier General and so skipping the rank of Colonel (on June 22nd 1946 he was to formally receive this rank). For his achievements in developing armoured artillery, he was awarded a second Legion of Merit.
Ted Brooks was Commanding Officer of 11th Armored Division between 1942 and 1944. His qualities as a leader were such that he was recommended to become Commanding Officer 2nd Armored Division in view of the invasion in Europe. In this function he participated in the battles in Europe from June 8th onwards when his division beached in Normandy. He retained this post until September 1944 when he was given temporry command of V Corps. October 25th, 1944 he was given command of VI Corps.
After World War Two, Brooks was given command of 4th Service Command in Atlanta, Georgia and was named Deputy Commander 7th Army in June 1946. In March 1947 he was made Deputy Commander 3rd Army to become Commanding Officer Antilles Department in September 1947. In November, Brooks was named Commanding Officer US Army in the Caribbean. The last functions he had were Assistant Chief of Personnel of the Army and Commanding General US 2nd Army until his retirement on April 30th, 1953.
?: Sergeant Vermont Cadet Battalion;
?: Corporal Vermont Cadet Corps;
?: 1st Sergeant Vermont Cadet Corps;
?: Captain Vemront Cadet Corps;
June 1915: Captain Vermont National Guard;
August 8th, 1917: 2nd Lieutenant;
August 8th, 1917: 1st Lieutenant;
June 8th, 1918: Captain;
August 1st, 1935: Major;
August 8th, 1940: Lieutenant Colonel;
December 15th, 1941: temporary Brigadier General;
August 5th, 1942: temporary Major General;
June 22nd, 1946: Colonel;
July 1st, 1947: Brigadier General;
January 24th, 1948: Major General (vanaf 17 augustus 1944);
March 18th, 1949: Lieutenant General.
? - June 1911: Company B, Cadet Battalion;
?: Vermont Cadet Corps;
June 1915 - July 1916: 1st Cavalry, Vermont National Guard;
?: Jersey City, N.J. establishment, H. Koppers Company;
August 8th, 1917: Army Service Schools, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas;
?: 18th Cavalry;
November 1917: 76th Field Artillery, Camp Shelby, Mississippi;
March 1918: 76th Field Artillery, Camp Merritt, New Jersey;
?: G-3 Headquarters, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade;
?: Army of the Occupation in Gemrany;
August 1919: Cavalry, Camp Pike, Arkansas;
July 1920: Field Artillery;
September 1921 - June 1922: Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma;
June 1922 - November 1926: Gunnery Instructor;
November 1926: Commanding Officer Battery D, 24th Field Regiment;
October 1928: Commanding Officer Battery D, 18th Field Artillery, Fort Riley, Kansas;
August 1932 - June 1934: Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas;
June 1934 - August 1936: Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Harvard University;
August 1936 - June 1937: War College;
1937 - June 20th, 1939: Instructor Attack Section, Command and General Staff College;
July 1939 - 1941: Chief Statistics Branch, War Department General Staff;
September 1941: Artillery Officer Armored Force, Fort Knox, Kentucky;
August 1942 - March 1944: Commanding Officer 11th Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky;
March 18th, 1944 - September 11th, 1944: Commanding Officer 2nd Armored Division, Tidworth Barracks, Salisbury, England;
September 18th, 1944 - October 1st, 1944: Temporary Commanding Officer V Corps;
October 25th, 1944: Commanding Officer VI Corps;
June 2nd, 1945: Commanding Officer 4th Service Command, Atlanta, Georgia;
June 11th, 1946 - March 14th, 1947: Deputy Commander 7th Army, Atlanta;
March 15th, 1947: Deputy Commander 3rd Army;
September 26th, 1947: Commanding Officer Antilles Department, Fort Brooke, San Juan, Puerto Rico;
November 15th, 1947: Commanding General U.S. Army in the Caribbean, Quarry Heights, Panama Canal Zone;
1948: Director of Personnel and Administration, Department of the Army, General Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D. C.;
March 1st, 1951: Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G-1;
June 4th, 1951 - April 30th, 1953: Commanding General U.S. 2nd Army, Fort Meade, Maryland;
April 30th, 1953: Retirement.