Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr.

1886 - 1945

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Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. ( SY-mən BOL-i-vər BUK-nər; July 18, 1886 – June 18, 1945) was a lieutenant general in the United States Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and commanded the defenses of Alaska early in the war. Following that assignment, he was promoted to command the Tenth Army, which conducted the amphibious assault on the Japanese island of Okinawa on April 1, 1945. He was killed during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa by enemy artillery fire, making him the highest-ranking United States military officer lost to enemy fire during World War II. He would remain the highest-ranking U.S. military member to be killed by a foreign armed action until the death of Lieutenant General Timothy Maude during the September 11 attacks.Buckner, Lesley J. McNair, Frank Maxwell Andrews, and Millard Harmon, all lieutenant generals at the time of their deaths, were the highest-ranking Americans to be killed in World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. has received more than 473,371 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. is the 721st most popular military personnel, the 2,274th most popular biography from United States and the 33rd most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. ranks 721 out of 1,466Before him are Iona Yakir, Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma, Maurice Sarrail, Marcantonio Colonna, Wilhelm Schepmann, and Heinrich Bär. After him are Jarosław Dąbrowski, Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff, Yasuji Okamura, P. G. T. Beauregard, Joseph Boxhall, and Matthew Ridgway.

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Among people born in 1886, Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. ranks 78Before him are Ali Sami Yen, Chester Barnard, Hitoshi Imamura, Edwin Fischer, Nobutake Kondō, and Ernst Robert Curtius. After him are Frederic Bartlett, Firmin Lambot, Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma, Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg, Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, and Olaf Stapledon. Among people deceased in 1945, Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. ranks 131Before him are Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, Wolfgang Lüth, Alexander Siloti, Robert Brasillach, Seiichi Itō, and Eduard Wirths. After him are Joseph Darnand, André Tardieu, Richard Thomalla, Julius Dorpmüller, Leonardo Conti, and Zinaida Gippius.

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Among people born in United States, Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. ranks 2,274 out of 15,968Before him are Leslie White (1900), George Lakoff (1941), Ken Mattingly (1936), George Segal (1934), Stephen Foster (1826), and Steve Fossett (1944). After him are William Bates (1860), Harold Bloom (1930), Patricia Arquette (1968), Ernie Hudson (1945), Frank Knight (1885), and Jay Rockefeller (1937).


Among military personnels born in United States, Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. ranks 33Before him are Charles Sweeney (1919), Mark W. Clark (1896), Abner Doubleday (1819), Frank Jack Fletcher (1885), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), and Charlie Wilson (1933). After him are P. G. T. Beauregard (1818), Matthew Ridgway (1895), William Halsey Jr. (1882), Joseph Stilwell (1883), Henry H. Arnold (1886), and Philip Sheridan (1831).