Frank William Milburn was a U.S. General who fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Frank was
born in Jasper, Indiana. Milburn was a certified general because he attended the United States Military Acadamy.
The United States Military Acadamy is a top acadamy in which students excel intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically,
spiritually, and socially. Frank Milburn must have been a strong leader because of the strong basis that he had for
his miliary training. He also went to tranining schoolfat Command and General Staff School and graduated from the school
in 1933. He became a certified lieutenant in 1914. He is most well known for his work and service in World War
II. One notable group that he commanded was XXI Corp under General Patch. He also played an important role in
the collapse of Colmar Pocket.
Note: The Colmar Pocket was a war that was fought between January
20-February 9, 1945. The Comar Pocket was when the French First Army and the U.S. XXI Corps overwhelmed German Nineteenth.
The troops fought in horrible conditions and the troops fought over terrain that had almost no cover for the attacking forces.
General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny provides a first account with General
Milburn. He describes Milburn's physical appearance, how he hold himself, and what his first impressions of Milburn
"When I saw Maj.-Gen. Frank W. Milburn arrive at Rothau at 10.00 on the 25th January, lean and
muscular and straight of eye, with the energetic features of a fighter, it did not take me long to know that I would find
in him the most careful and loyal of subordinates. The steadfastness of his character, his clear view of realities and his
leader-like authority, were apparent to me at once, and I felt that I could have complete confidence in him to bring to a
successful conclusion the rough task which was going to fall to his U.S. 21st Army Corps."
This account of
General Milburn shows that he was a hardworking man, well-liked, and he made good first impressions
on people. He also held himself so that people could trust him with big responsibilities.
World War II was over, he was a commander for the Seventh Army and for the XXIII Corps. He also was a commander in several
other armies and once he retired he was the athletic director of Montana State University.
General Frank W. Milburn
is so recognized becuase he commanded five army troops of the U.S. Army which is not something that many General's were able
to do while they were in the work force.