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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Sullivan

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: P.

Date of Birth: 07 January 1894

Date of Death: 30 November 1977

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
Joseph P. Sullivan

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1917

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Joseph P. Sullivan
Major General, U.S. Army

Joseph P. Sullivan was born on 7 January 1894 San Francisco, CA.

Sullivan graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1917, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He was then assigned to the 10th Infantry Brigade. During WWI he fought in the Battles of San Mihiel and the Meuse Argonne where he was badly wounded. In 1920 he was transferred to the Coast Artillery Corps.

By the end of the 1920s, now a Major, he returned to school and received his Master's Degree from Harvard Business School in 1932. Just prior to World War II, he was promoted to Colonel. In 1943, by order of General Mark Clark, Sullivan was made Quartermaster of the Fifth Army in Italy. He served as General Clark's Quartermaster through the North African campaigns, supervising the feeding of troops and distribution of supplies. In 1945 he was promoted to Brigadier General and for his meritorious service as Quartermaster, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit.

In 1952, during the Korean War, he was Quartermaster for the Far Eastern Command in Tokyo. In addition to the medals mentioned above, he received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and the Cross of Malta. In 1959 he retired from the Army after forty years' service.

In Retirement

Sullivan accepted the position of Administrative Dean at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He left a plethora of correspondence from his combat experience and compiled over thirty-four volumes of orders and related documents and presented them to the Quartermaster Library at Fort Lee, VA, where they are used as a source of reference material for future quartermasters.

Death and Burial

Major General Joseph P. Sullivan died on 30 November 1977 in Charleston, SC. He is buried at Saint Philip's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Charleston.

Honoree ID: 3130   Created by: MHOH




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