Despite a heart condition and arthritis that forced him to use a cane, Brig. General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. led the assault on Utah Beach, landing with the first wave of troops. He died in France less than a month later of a heart attack.

Despite a heart condition and arthritis that forced him to use a cane, Brig. General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. led the assault on Utah Beach, landing with the first wave of troops. He died in France less than a month later of a heart attack.

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Theodore Roosevelt Jr. * Assistant Division Commander/4th Infantry Division (Only General Officer to land on the Beach on D-Day in the first wave and the oldest soldier in the invasion)  Selected to Command the 90th Infantry Division as a Major General but died of natural causes before the selection was announced and published in General Orders.

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. * Assistant Division Commander/4th Infantry Division (Only General Officer to land on the Beach on D-Day in the first wave and the oldest soldier in the invasion) Selected to Command the 90th Infantry Division as a Major General but died of natural causes before the selection was announced and published in General Orders.

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Theodore Roosevelt holding grandson Kermit Roosevelt Jr, 1916.  Kermit Sr. died in WWI.
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Patton & Teddy Roosevelt Jr (1943) This past week I spoke with a D Day veteran who told us he was on the same vessel going into Normandy as Teddy Roosevelt (the younger). He was helped over the side by a man who said "Good luck son." Not having a clue who that man was he got into the LST. Another fellow said. "Do you know who that was! That was Gen. Roosevelt!.

Patton & Teddy Roosevelt Jr (1943) This past week I spoke with a D Day veteran who told us he was on the same vessel going into Normandy as Teddy Roosevelt (the younger). He was helped over the side by a man who said "Good luck son." Not having a clue who that man was he got into the LST. Another fellow said. "Do you know who that was! That was Gen. Roosevelt!.

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TUNISIA. El Guettar. March 1943. US generals Theodore ROOSEVELT Jr, Terry ALLEN and George PATTON. Patton lead the US Army to it's first victory against German forces at El Guettar.

TUNISIA. El Guettar. March 1943. US generals Theodore ROOSEVELT Jr, Terry ALLEN and George PATTON. Patton lead the US Army to it's first victory against German forces at El Guettar.

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Funeral of Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in Sainte-Mère-Église on July 13, 1944.
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Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his "Rough Rider" jeep in Italy, January 1944. This former commander of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, was one of the most popular generals in the storied history of the Big Red One.

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his "Rough Rider" jeep in Italy, January 1944. This former commander of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, was one of the most popular generals in the storied history of the Big Red One.

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U.S. Army generals lead a procession for the funeral of Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in Normandy on July 13, 1944. Roosevelt died shortly after D-Day.

U.S. Army generals lead a procession for the funeral of Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in Normandy on July 13, 1944. Roosevelt died shortly after D-Day.

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Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, Jr. was an American political and business leader, a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in both of the 20th century's world wars. He was the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt from his second wife Edith Roosevelt. Roosevelt was instrumental in the forming of the American Legion in 1919.

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, Jr. was an American political and business leader, a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in both of the 20th century's world wars. He was the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt from his second wife Edith Roosevelt. Roosevelt was instrumental in the forming of the American Legion in 1919.

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Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt - was the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt. She was stirkingly beautiful, with a cheerful disposition so that she was called "Sunshine" by her friends & family.  They married in 1880.  She died just 2 days after giving birth to their 1st child, Alice. Her husband was so distraught (he also lost his 49 yr old mother the same day, that he never spoke of it again).

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt - was the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt. She was stirkingly beautiful, with a cheerful disposition so that she was called "Sunshine" by her friends & family. They married in 1880. She died just 2 days after giving birth to their 1st child, Alice. Her husband was so distraught (he also lost his 49 yr old mother the same day, that he never spoke of it again).

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