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First Name: Thomas

Last Name: Larkin

Birthplace: Louisburg, WI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Bernard

Date of Birth: 15 December 1890

Date of Death: 17 October 1968

Rank: Lieutenant General

Years Served:
Thomas Bernard Larkin

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1915

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  Mexican Expedition (1916 - 1917)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Thomas Bernard Larkin
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army

Thomas Bernard Larkin was born on 15 December 1890 in Louisburg, WI.

Larkin graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1915. In WW I, he was in action performing reconnaissance and was Director of the 2nd Corps Engineer School, France.

After the war he served as an Instructor at the Engineer School, VA; Assistant Military Attaché, American Embassy, Tokyo, Japan: the office of Chief of Engineers, Washington; and on the staff of the Governor of the Panama Canal Department. At the outbreak of WW II, he went to the England as Commanding General of the Services of Supply, Mediterranean Sector and by the end of the war he was Commander of Supplies for the entire European Theater of Operations.

In January 1946, he was promoted to Major General, 32nd Quartermaster General, by President Truman. In office, he launched the program for return and final burial of American service personnel and civilians who died overseas during WW II.

In March 1949, he was assigned as the Army's Director of Logistics and promoted to Lieutenant General. He served until he retired on 31 December 1952.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Mexican Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal
Occupation of German World War I Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal

Foreign Medals and Awards

Croix de Guerre with Palm (France)
Order of Military Merit (Brazil)
Order of the Crown of Italy (Grand Order)
Order of the Bath Companion (Great Britain)
Gold Cross with Sword (Poland)

Death and Burial

Lieutenant General Thomas Bernard Larkin died on 17 October 1968 in Washington, DC. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2734   Created by: MHOH




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