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Theodore Roosevelt was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. He earned a Medal of Honor for his service during the Normandy invasion.

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World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Brigadier General 1
Birth:
13 Sep 1887 2
Oyster Bay, New York 3
Death:
12 Jul 1944 1
France 1
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Ted, Jr. is standing to the right of his father; the oldest boy of the family.
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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.'s Grave
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Ted Roosevelt, Jr. is buried next to his brother Quentin who died in World War I.
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Army troops on board a LCT, ready to ride across the English Channel to France. Some of these men wear 101st Airborne Division insignia. Photograph released 12 June 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives
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Aerial View Of The Beachhead At Normandy, France Taken 12 June 1944 From A Plane Of The 386Th Bomb Group.
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Detailing Information On Normandy Beach Defenses Was Obtained From "Dicing" Shots Like This. Three Tunnels Or Artificial Caves, Similar To Installations Encountered By The Canadians At Dieppe In 1942, Are Spotted East Of Le Treport, France. Affording Ex
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Men And Assault Vehicles Storm The Beaches Of Normandy As Allied Landing Craft Make A Dent In Germany'S West Wall On 6 June 44. As Wave After Wave Of Landing Craft Unload Their Cargo, Men Move Forward And Vehicles Surge Up The Roads. 3Rd Bomb Division,
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Wreckage Of A Republic P-47, Which Crashed During The D-Day Invasion, Lies On The Battle-Scarred Beach Of Normandy, France. 22 June 1944.
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Normandy On D-Day. The Corkscrew Line In The Rectangle At Center Of The Photo Is An Enemy Trench. To The Left Of The Trench Are Three Anti-Aircraft Installations.
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Three Men Of The 834Th Engineer Aviation Battalion Look Over Landing Operations At Normandy Beach, France.
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Landings On The Normandy Coast Of France On D-Day, 6 June 1944.
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General View Of Normandy Beach, France After The D-Day Invasion. Note The Numerous Bomb Craters Along The Battle-Scarred Beach. 22 June 1944.
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Just A Few Miles Behind The Front Lines In Normandy, France, Men Of The 9Th Air Force Aviation Engineers Constructed Emergency Landing Strips With "Hessian Mat" Used For Surfacing. After The Selected Site For The Airstrip Is Graded And Leveled, The Mat,
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Conference Of President Roosevelt, Premier Stalin And Prime Minister Churchill, November 28 To 1 December 1943, Inclusive. At That Historic Conference On The Portico Of The Russian Embassy At Teheran, Iran, Seated Left To Right: Premier Josef Stalin, Pr
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt Is Greeted By High Russian Officials Upon His Arrival At Saki, Crimea, To Attend The Yalta Conference Of The Big Three In Feb. 1945. At The Extreme Left Is Russian Foreign Minister Molotov.
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United States 101st Airborne takes down Nazi flag
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"Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. 'Full victory-nothing else' to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe." Moore, June 6, 1944
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General Eisenhower prepared a message in case the Normandy Invasion failed. Source: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/d-day-message/
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John J. Pinder, Medal of Honor Recipient for courageous acts during the Normandy Invasion.

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Birth:
13 Sep 1887 2
Oyster Bay, New York 2
Male 2
Death:
12 Jul 1944 3
France 3
Cause: Heart-attack suffered on active duty in Normandy 3
Burial:
Burial Place: WWII Coleville American Military Cemetery, France 4
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Birth:
Mother: Edith Roosevelt 2
Father: Theodore Roosevelt 2
Marriage:
Eleanor Alexander 3
1910 3
New York City, New York 3
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Brigadier General 1
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Education:
Institution: Harvard University 2
Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts 2
To: 1909 2
Children:
Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt born: 23 Oct 1915 2
Grace Green Roosevelt born: 17 Aug 1911 2
Quentin Roosevelt II born: 04 Nov 1919 2
Theodore Roosevelt III born: 14 Jun 1914 2
Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously:
28 Aug 1944 2
Brigadier Gen., 4th Infantry Division, Utah Beach:
06 Jun 1944 2
Brigadier General, 1st Infantry Division, WWII:
1941-1944 2
Participated in D-day:
Normandy, France 2
Assistant Secretary of the Navy:
1921-1924 2
Governor of Puerto Rico:
1929-1932 2
Governor-General of the Philippines:
1932-1933 2
World War I Service:
Major & Lt. Colonel, 1st Infantry Division: 1917-1919 2

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Medal of Honor Citation

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For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France.

 

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A Family Full of Service

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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Like his father, Ted went to Harvard and made his life one of politics and military service. He served in both World War I and II, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service on D-day, June 6, 1944. President Theodore Roosevelt also received a Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously on January 16, 2000, for his service in the Spanish-American War. They remain one of only two father-son pairs to both receive the Medal of Honor, the other being Douglas MacArthur and his son Arthur.

            Just like his father, Ted approached life enthusiastically. Even in his fifties, he wanted to lead the boys during the D-day assault on Utah Beach. Ted Roosevelt went with the first wave of troops, cane and all, to fight off Germans, clear the beach, and gather intelligence. His comrade Major General Raymond Barton recounts how when he said goodbye to Ted in England, before the assault, he never expected to see him again. Later on June 6, 1944, when Ted came up to Major Barton near La Grande Dune, Barton remembers, “I felt sure he would be killed…You can imagine then the emotion with which I greeted him when he came out to meet me. I embraced him and he me. He was bursting with information.”[1] Although Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. died of a heart-attack on July 12, 1944, during the continued invasion of Nazi-occupied France, he died in the service of his country, a true patriot just like his father.

 

[1] Balkoski, Joseph (2005). "Chapter 8", The Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations On D-Day, June 6, 1944 ). Stackpole Books, 231.

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