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Thomas Henry Green
Thomas H. Green.jpg
Born (1889-04-22)April 22, 1889
Died March 27, 1971(1971-03-27) (aged 81)
Place of birth Cambridge, Massachusetts
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1917–1949
Rank US-O8 insignia Major General
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.[1]

Early yearsEdit

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.[2]

Second World WarEdit

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.[3]

He served in this capacity until December 1945, when major general Cramer was retired and Green replaced him. Green was also promoted to the rank of Major General on December 1, 1945.[2] 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.[4]

Life in retirementEdit

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.[5]


Major general Thomas H. Green received some decorations for his military service. Here is his ribbon bar:

Bronze oakleaf-3d
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg
Mexican Border Service Medal ribbon.svg
Gold star
Gold star
World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
American Defense Service ribbon.svg
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
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


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