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John L. Throckmorton
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General John Lathrop Throckmorton
Born (1913-02-28)February 28, 1913
Died February 13, 1986(1986-02-13) (aged 72)
Place of birth Kansas City, Missouri
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1935-1973
Rank US-O10 insignia General
Commands held Strike Command
Third Army
XVIII Airborne Corps
82nd Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star

General John Lathrop Throckmorton (February 28, 1913–February 13, 1986) was born in Kansas City, Missouri[1] on February 28, 1913. After graduating from Culver Military Academy in 1931[1] he attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy on June 12, 1935, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry.

In World War II, he was assigned to the G3 Section, First Army in the European Theater from 1943 to 1946. After the war, he served in the TAC Department at West Point from 1946 to 1949. He took command of a battalion in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in Hawaii from 1949 to 1950 and later became the regimental combat team commander from 1950 to 1951 during the Korean War. After the war, he attended the National War College in 1954, and later became Commandant of Cadets at West Point from 1956 to 1959.

He served from 1959 to 1960 as Assistant Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division, followed by an assignment as Secretary General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff Army from 1960 to 1962.

He took command of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1962 to 1964, then deployed to Vietnam as Deputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, from 1964 to 1965. His service in Vietnam was followed by an assignment as Deputy Commander, Office of the Chief Army Reserve from 1965 to 1966.

Throckmorton also served a tour of duty in 1967, commanding Task Force Detroit during the Detroit riots[2]

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He held successive commands as Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps (1967); Commanding General, Third United States Army, (1967–1969); and Commander in Chief, United States Strike Command, (1969–1973).

General Throckmorton retired in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1973. He died on February 13, 1986 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery[3] next to his wife, Regina Theresa Higgins, whom he married on October 16, 1937.[1] The library at Fort Bragg is named in his honor.[4]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Louis W. Truman
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
1967 - 1969
Succeeded by
Albert O. Connor

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