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Old 10-13-2017, 10:09 PM
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I had LTG Heizer in mind, but it was WWII not WWI

LTG Joseph M. Heiser, Jr., USA, 1943 Charleston, SC
"The only college he attended was The Citadel from 1939-1941, then enlisted as a Private in the U.S. Army for duty in WWII. Remarkably, he rose through the ranks to Lt. General before retiring in 1973. Became Chief of Staff, then Commanding General, U.S. Army Communications Zone, Europe, 1965 and became Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), U.S. Army 1969-1973. He served his country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam." the Citadel biography

another GO who was prior enlisted was LTG Nathaniel Thompson.

those I know would have been in logistics and there are several GOs who were prior enlisted, am sure combat arms had a bunch.

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Old 10-18-2017, 04:10 AM
Location: Quincy, MA
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Unsure but while in the Army the Generals I've met (4 of them) are the coolest most down to earth people I have ever met. I am sure it was different not so long ago haha. In WLC the chain of command is all enlisted since its an NCO course. When we had our final run the 2 Star General came out and ran with us...yes he left us all in his dust.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:59 AM
Location: Richmond, VA
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Originally Posted by Taiko View Post
Sounds similar to the fictional Sam Damon in Once An Eagle by Anton Meyer. The novel was on the required reading list in my brigade.
I waded through that. Bit of a screed. “Staff bad, command good.”

Unfortunately most of an officers career will be on staff no matter how talented they are. Staff officers are not inherently evil-but someone who doesn’t know that would read about the Massengale character’s actions and likely think they were *caused* by being on staff rather than a symptom of his psychopathy.
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