Walter Krueger was an American soldier and general officer in the first half of the 20th century. He is best known for his command of the Sixth United States Army in the South West Pacific Area during World War II. He wrote a book about his experiences in the war, “From Down Under To Nippo” (1947)
About Walter Krueger in brief
Walter Krueger was an American soldier and general officer in the first half of the 20th century. He is best known for his command of the Sixth United States Army in the South West Pacific Area during World War II. Born in Flatow, West Prussia, German Empire, he emigrated to the United States as a boy. He enlisted for service in the Spanish–American War and served in Cuba, and then re-enlisted forService in the Philippine American War. Between the wars, he served in a number of command and staff positions, and attended the Naval War College at his own request. He retired to San Antonio, Texas, where he bought a house and wrote From Down Under to Nippon, an account of his campaigns in the Southwest Pacific. His retirement was marred by family tragedies. His son James was dismissed from the army in 1947 for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. His wife’s health deteriorated, and she died of cancer in 1956. His daughter Dorothy stabbed her husband to death in 1952, but was freed by the Supreme Court in 1957. He died of natural causes in San Antonio on November 25, 1998. He was buried in the San Antonio National Cemetery. He had a son, James, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He also had a daughter, Dorothy, who was a nurse. He served in World War I as a captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
He went on to serve in the Army Air Forces as a colonel and a brigadier general in the Air Force. He later became a colonel in the Ohio National Guard and served as a lieutenant colonel. He wrote a book about his experiences in the war, “From Down Under To Nippo” (1947) He died in San Francisco, California, on November 26, 1998, aged 89. He has a son and a daughter. He lived in San Diego, California and died on November 30, 1998 in a nursing home. He never married. He left the Army in 1999. He passed away on November 28, 1999, at the age of 93. He survived by his wife and three children, and is survived by a daughter and a son-in-law, both of whom are still living in San Jose, California. His great-great-grandson, James Krüger, served in Afghanistan and was killed in the line of duty during the Second World War. His grandchildren, James and James Jr., are both active members of the San Diego Police Department. His grandson, James J. Kruegers, is a San Diego City Council member and a former mayor of San Diego. His grand-nephew, James K. Kueger, was a former San Diego mayor and a current member of the Board of Supervisors of the City of San Francisco. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for his book, “A Man Walks On To a Promise” (1998).