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army officer

Edwin Forrest Harding, American army officer. Awarded Silver Star for gallantry in action, Legion of Honor; Order of Abder Calderon, Ecuador; Gran Official del Order Militar de Ayucucho, Peru; Gran Official de la Orden del Condor de los Andes (Bolivia).


Harding, Edwin Forrest was born on September 18, 1886 in Franklin, Ohio, United States. Son of Clarence Henry and Lilly (Woodward) Harding.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1909. Graduate The Infantry School (advanced class), 1928, Command and General staff schedul, 1929, Army War College, 1934.


Colonel James O’Hara, United States Army), Edwin Forrest, Junior, Anne Woodward. Commd Second lieutenant, Infantry, United States Army, 1909, advanced through ranks to major general, 1942. Instructor English, History and Economics at United States Military Academy, 1919-1923.

Instructor The Infantry School, 1929-1933. Secretary United States Infantry Assn and editor of The Infantry Journal, 1934-1938. Commd 27th Infantry at Schofield Barracks, T.H., 1938-1940.

Assistant to division commander, 9th Infantry Division, 1941. Commanded 32d Infantry Division, February-December 1942, and during early phases of Buna campaign in New Guinea. Commanding Mobile Force Panama Canal Department, March 1943-August 1944.

Commanding Antilles Department, August 1944-1945. Director history division Office Chief of Staff, United States Army, 1945-1946. Retired, 1946.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author and editor Infantry in Battle, 1934.


Married Eleanor Hood, September 23, 1913. Children: Davis Philoon, Elinore Hood (wife Lieutenant.

Clarence Henry Harding

Lilly (Woodward) Harding

Eleanor Hood

Davis Philoon Harding

Elinore Hood (wife Lt Harding