In a letter to his cousin, James Thomas Aurand, Lieutenant General
Henry Spiese Aurand stated
"...I was born in Tamaqua on 21 April 1894. My mother's maiden name was Annie
Spiese and her father's name was Henry Spiese. With Henry Spiese and Henry Aurand as grandparents, it was inevitable
that I would be named for both, Henry Spiese Aurand. We lived in the Pines, above the railroad station, until I was
a little over a year old, and then on Pine Street, across the street from the Redding round house. In 1902, we moved
to the corner of Lehigh and Lafayette Streets, one block from your grandfather's home. In 1904 we moved to Shamokin,
Pa., and in 1911 I entered West Point. Until that day, like my two grandfathers, I was called Harry and my last name
was pronounced Aur'- and. But the upper classmen at West Point changed this to Henry Au - rand', which has stuck with
me ever since. And with my sons also."
served in the Army from his graduation from West Point in 1915 until 1952. During his time in the armed services, Aurand gained
large amount of logistical expertise. That is, he became good at planning how to move, supply and quarter troops. He attended
the Army Ordnance School, the Command and Staff College, the Army War college and the Army Industrial College.
As a result of
his expertise, Aurand took a leading role in the effort to outfit the Allies with weapons through the Lend-Lease program,
before the United States became fully invested in the war. During the World War II, Aurand became the Commanding General for
Normandy Base Section, planning supply missions to the armed forces during the Battle of the Bulge. Succeeding the war, Aurand
became Commanding General in the China Theater and Commanding General in the Africa-Middle East Theater, overseeing retrograde
movements, or movement of United States troops back home.
Aurand commanded the army in the Pacific from April 1949 to 1952, when he
He earned many decorations, according to the Arlington Cemetery website, including the Distinguished Service Medal,
the Bronze Star Medal, the Mexican Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, the American
Campaign Medal, the Asian-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, and the World War II Victory
Henry Spiese Aurand died in 1980, at the age of 86.
Lieutenant General Henry Spiese Aurand
Aurand is located in the middle of the middle picture
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