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army officer

Clifford Bluemel, American army officer.


Bluemel, Clifford was born on November 9, 1885 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States. Son of John Theodore and Martha Jane Kelly (Kewell) Bluemel.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1909. Graduated from Army War College, 1918. Advanced Course Infantry School, Fort Benning, 1926.

Distinguished graduated from Command and General staff schedul, Fort Leavenworth, 1927.


Commissioned Second lieutenant Infantry, United States Army, 1909, and advanced through the grades to brigadier general (temporary), December 18, 1941. Retired with rank of brigadier general. October 31, 1947. With 24th Infantry, later 8th Infantry, Philippines, 1912-1915.

With 22d Infantry, Arizona, 1915-1917, Fort Hamilton, New York, 1917-1918. With 152d Depot Brig., Camp Upton, New York, June-October 1918, with 15th Division, Camp Logan, Texas, November-December 1918. Demobilization officer, Camp Dix, New Jersey, January-May 1919.

With 22d Infantry, Fort Jay, 1919-1920. With 42d Infantry, later 33d Infantry, Panama Canal Zone, 1920-1923. With 11th Infantry, Fort Benjamin Harrison, 1923-1925.

Instructor New Jersey National Guard, 1927-1932. With Civilian Conservation Corps, Fort Harrison, 1932-1936. Assistant chief staff 3d Corps Area Baltimore, 1936-1940.

Commissioned 45th Infantry, Philippine Islands, July 1940. Commanded 45th Infantry (Personal), July 1940-September 1941. Commandant, staff schedul, Camp Allen, Baguio, P.I., September 21-November 14, 1941.

Commanded 31st Division, P.A., November 18, 1941-April 9, 1941. Bataan Campaign. Taken prisoner by Japanese on April 9, 1942 when Bataan surrendered. Released at Mukden August 10, 1945, by Russians.

Decorations: Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. Infantry Combat Badge. Address: Yardley, Pennsylvania *.


Married Elsie Gunner, December 28, 1910. Children: Dorothy Elizabeth, Edward.

John Theodore Bluemel

Martha Jane Kelly (Kewell) Bluemel

Elsie Gunner

Edward Bluemel

Dorothy Elizabeth Bluemel