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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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Apprentice to Journeyman

Apprentice to Journeyman

(p.13) 2 Apprentice to Journeyman
General William E. DePuy

Henry G. Gole

University Press of Kentucky

Second Lieutenant William E. DePuy reported to the 20th Infantry on June 25, 1941, at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri where he was to obtain basic army training. The cadets were taught some aspects of American military tradition and history, how the U.S. Army was organized, and other such teaching passed on by the ROTC detachment's Regular Army soldiers. DePuy and several other new lieutenants became platoon leaders then furthered on to headquarters company commander. During his stay in the military, DePuy was able to differentiate what it meant by saying and doing as what they learned was applied to soldiering and mostly entailed heavy physical work. As he was also assigned to the 90th Infantry Division's 357th Infantry in Camp Barley, Texas, this chapter illustrates various facets of DePuy's training opportunities.

Keywords:   Second Lieutenant, ROTC, platoon leader, company commander, 90th Infantry Division, training

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