General Robert Lawrence Eichelberger
—Superintendent of West Point —
Robert L. Eichelberger was born in Urbana on March 9, 1886, the youngest of the five children of George Maley Eichelberger, an Urbana lawyer, and Emma (Ring) Eichelberger. After graduating from Urbana High School in 1903, he attended Ohio State University and then was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Graduating in 1909, he was appointed a second lieutenant of infantry. Four years later he married Emma Gudger, daughter of Judge H. A. Gudger of Asheville, North Carolina. For several years, he saw service in Panama and the Mexican border before joining the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia. From 1918 to 1920 Major Eichelberger observed the Japanese incursion into Siberia and became aware of Japanese methods. In 1940 he was appointed Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point where he established regular courses to include flight training for Flying Army Officers.
with the beginning of World War II, Major General Eichelberger became Commanding General of I Corps and left for Australia. While there General MacArthur gave him orders, saying "Bob, I want you to take Buna, or not come back alive." Eichelberger defeated the Japanese on Buna as well as Hollandis and Biak with his joint Australian American Corps. As commanding General
Erected 2005 by Descendants of Melvin F. and Selma M. Miller, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14- 11.)
Location. 40° 6.386′ N, 83° 43.816′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of Scioto Street (U.S. 36) and Ames Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Scioto Street. Touch for map. marker is in the front lawn of the Hollingshead House, across the street from Mercy Hospital. Marker is at or near this postal address: 907 Scioto St, Urbana OH 43078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Quincy Adams Ward (approx. 0.4 miles away); Col. William Ward Capt. Simon Kenton (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memory of Simon Kenton (approx. 0.4 miles away); War Council of 1812 (approx. one mile away); Simon Kenton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Champaign County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Champaign County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
More about this marker. marker is mistakenly cast as # 11- 14, it is actually #14- 11
Also see . . . Robert Lawrence Eichelberger - Arlington National Cemetery website. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 9, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.