Hugh J. Gaffey Edit Profile
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he graduated from Worcester Academy in 1916 and later attended Officers Training School at Fort Niagara, New York State, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Reserve on 15 August 1917.
He was a career officer who served in World War I and World War II. Assigned to the 312th Field Artillery at Fort Meade, Maryland, he went to Europe in August 1918 and served in France and Germany before returning to the United States in August 1919. During the next two decades he served at various posts in the United States and served with the 15th and 18th Field Artillery and the 7th Cavalry Brigade. World War II
He was Assigned to the I Armored Corps in July 1940 and served with them until July 1942 when he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division.
He was appointed brigadier general 5 August 1942 and was sent to the European Theater in November. In December, he replaced Major General John S. Wood as Commander of the 4th Armored Division until March 1945. Death
He was buried at the post cemetery.
The U.S. Navy transport ship USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121) was named in his honor on March 1, 1950.
Member Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Married Eleanor Schmitt, January 5, 1922.