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Samuel D. Rockenbach

1869–1952

 

óBrigadier General, U.S. Army Cavalry ó

 
Samuel D. Rockenbach Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
1. Samuel D. Rockenbach Marker
Inscription. Nearby at 805 Madison Street is the birthplace of General Rocken≠bach, “Father of the U.S. Army Tank Corps.” He began his education in Lynch≠burg schools and was honor graduate of Virginia Military Institute in 1889. As first chief of the Armyís tank corps in 1917, he pioneered training schools and field or≠gani≠za≠tion for tank warfare in World War 1.
 
Erected 1978 by YMI Alumni Chapter and Lynchburg Historical Society. (Marker Number Q-6-18.)
 
Location. 37° 24.873′ N, 79° 8.696′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and 8th Street, on the right when traveling south on Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 Court Street, Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Danielís Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynchburg Confederate Soldiers Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lynchburg History (about 400 feet away); Mr. Elderís Rose Garden (about 400 feet away); Lynchburg (about 400 feet away);
Samuel D. Rockenbach Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
2. Samuel D. Rockenbach Marker
Carter Glass (about 400 feet away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Spanish American War (about 400 feet away); Latham's Battery (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
More about this marker. Madison Street, mentioned on the marker, parallels Court Street two blocks west.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers. Online exhibit with photographs and partial glimpses of documents “Prior to World War I he saw tours of duty in Cuba, the Philippines, various U.S. posts, and served as a military observer in Germany in 1914. He arrived in France in June 1917 with the American Expeditionary Force and from 1917-1919 served as Chief of the newly formed Tank Corps, A.E.F.” (Submitted on August 27, 2011.) 
 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 440 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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