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First Name: Stanley

Last Name: Embick

Birthplace: Greencastle, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Dunbar

Date of Birth: 22 January 1877

Date of Death: 23 October 1957

Rank: Lieutenant General

Years Served: 1899-1940; 1942-1946
Stanley Dunbar Embick

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1899

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Stanley Dunbar Embick
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army

Stanley Dunbar Embick was born on 22 January 1877 in Greencastle, PA.

Embick attended Dickinson College before enrolling at the U.S. Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1899. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery, he served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. After the war he served in a variety of assignments, including the staff of the Coast Artillery School at Fort Monroe, VA, and Assistant to the Chief of Artillery in Washington, DC.

During World War I he served on the staff of the Supreme War Council, and then the Commission to Negotiate Peace, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal.

In December 1919 he was assigned to the staff of the War Department's War Plans Division, where he served until attending the Army War College. After serving as a War College instructor, Embick served in the Philippines, afterwards returning to Washington to serve as Executive Officer of the War Plans Division. In 1930 he became Commandant of the Coast Artillery School.

In 1932, he was appointed Commander of Harbor Defenses in the Philippines as a Brigadier General, where he was responsible for constructing Corregidor's Malinta Tunnel, which was used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker, and hospital, during World War II. It is now the venue for a historical audio-visual presentation about the War.

Embick became Director of the War Plans Division as a Major General in 1936 and, later that year, was named the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff. He was appointed IV Corps Commander in 1938 and, later the same year, he took command of the Third Army as a Lieutenant General.

He served in that command until his 1940 retirement.

Recall for World War II

Embick was recalled for World War II, serving as Chief of the Joint Strategic Survey Committee, Chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board, and as a Delegate to the Dumbarton Oaks Conference that created the United Nations. He retired again in 1946, receiving a second Distinguished Service Medal.

In the late 1940s he served on the commission that proposed reforms to America's military and intelligence agencies, including creation of the Department of Defense by merging the War and Navy Departments.


He was the father-in-law of General Albert Coady Wedemeyer.

Death and Burial

Lieutenant General Stanley Dunbar Embick died on 23 October 1957 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2467   Created by: MHOH




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