Francis Gerard Brink
1893-1952; Lived 59 Years
Born in Marathon, New York on August 22, 1893 Francis
Gerard Brink was a distinguished General in the effort against Americans Enemies for many years.
Brink worked hard all throughout his life, even pre-service years. He received
his B.A from Cornell University in 1916. Soon after in 1917 he was commissioned in the Infantry, Officers Reserve Corps. But
that was not the end of his academic career; Brink became a Assistant Professor of Military Science Tactics at Louisiana State
University from 1928-1934. In 1936 he continued to pursue his military career, graduating from Command and General Staff School.
Brinks’ first commanding
military position was as the Commander of the 31st Infantry, Philippine Islands from 1938-1941.
His military success continued to grow, as he became the
Staff Officer in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations from 1942-1944. The China-Burma-India Theater of Operations’
(CBI) goal was to supply and support Chinese armies in attempt to fight against a massive Japanese incursion.
Brink became a Brigadier General in November of 1944 at
51 years old.
That same year, Brink was
appointed the Chief of the Operations Division, Southeast Asia Command. The South-East Asian Theater was a name given to the
campaigns of the Pacific War in Burma; the conflict began when Japan Invaded Thailand and Malaya from bases located in Indochina.
Brink was appointed the Chief
of the Military Assistance Advisory Group and that would be the last Military position he would hold. Francis Gerard Brink
died on June 24, 1952
Gerard Brink was a well-respected Brigadier General; he earned decorations which included the Distinguished Service Medal,
two Legions of Merit, the Commendation Ribbon and a Purple Heart.