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Kenneth Frank Cramer, American army officer. Awarded Silver Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Ribbon, Purple Heart, Victory medal (3 bars), Army Occupation (Germany, Japan), Asiatic-Pacific Theatre with bronze arrowhead and 3 stars; American Theatre, Victory Medal, World World War II, Inter-Allied Victory Medal (French), Philippine Liberation Medals with 3 stars, American Defense Medal.


Cramer, Kenneth Frank was born on October 3, 1894 in Gloversville, New York, United States. Son of Frank Henry and Stella Sophia (Brown) Cramer.


Bachelor of Letters, Princeton University, 1916, Master of Arts, 1917 (Boudinot fellow in American history, 1916-1917). Graduated from Command and General staff schedul, 1938, Infantry School (Special Division Officers’ Class), 1942.


Dorothy Ruth Van Pelt. Teacher. Newark and Woodbridge (New Jersey) High School, 1919-1920. Wholesale coal business, since 1920.

Vice president Harnden-Cramer Coal Company, Inc., 1923-1927. President K. F. Cramer Coal Company, Inc., 1927-1952. Acting adjutant general, State of Connecticut, January-March 1939.

Assistant adjutant general, State of Connecticut, 1939-1950. Commissioned Second lieutenant Infantry O.R.C., August 1917, promoted First lieutenant, October 1918. Honorary discharged June 4, 1919.

Commissioned First lieutenant Infantry Reserve, February 1922, major, May 1931, captain 43d Tank Company, Connecticut National Guard, May 1931, colonel 169th Infantry, November 1940, inducted into United States Army, February 24, 1941, promoted to brigadier general, August 17, 1942. Major general, commanding 43d Infantry Division, July 12, 1946. Recalled to active duty as commanding general 43d Division, 1950.

Commanding general Southern Area Command, since 1952.


Member War Department General Staff Committee on National Guard and Reserve Policy.; Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1929-1933, Connecticut Senate, 1933-1937. Member Wethersfield Board of Education, 1927-1937, Metropolitan District Commission for Hartford County, since 1929, Veterans Home Building Commission, 1931-1937.

Member Charter Oak Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1927-1936. Member Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Connecticut History Society, Wethersfield History Society, American Legion (department commander 1927. Mason (32° Shriner).

Clubs: National Sojourners, Princeton Gateway, Hartford Rotary. Recalled to active duty United States Army, September 5, 1950.


Married Ruth Rose Fuller, January 3, 1920. Children: Margaret Fuller Van Pelt.

Frank Henry Cramer

Stella Sophia (Brown) Cramer

Ruth Rose Fuller

Margaret Fuller Van Pelt Cramer