Issue Number 66 September 2020
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Greetings to all friends of the 63d Infantry Division.
This is the 66th edition of the 63rd Infantry Division
Internet Newsletter. The first edition of this newsletter
was posted in August 2000. Should you be interested in
what all previous newsletters contained you can access
them by going to the bottom of each newsletter and
clicking on the reference to the previous newsletter.
As many of you know, Fred Clinton passed away on 9
July 2020. Fred can never be replaced. I have the
honor of carrying on the 63rd Infantry Division website.
Many people asked me if I would continue the
Newsletter. So here goes.
My stepfather was Ralph G. Fox, Jr. He served in
Cannon Company and later I Company of the 254th
Infantry Regiment. He told me many stories of his
experiences during training at Camp Van Dorn, combat
in France and Germany, and occupation duty in
Germany. As I heard the stories, I realized that the
history of the 63rd Infantry Division is little noted in the
history books. I tried to learn more about it and share
the story with others.
Sadly, there are very few veterans of the 63rd Infantry
Division still living. Many of you reading this newsletter
are their family members. Like Fred, I am willing to help
family and friends of 63rd Infantry Division veterans
learn more about their service. I am also willing to help
family members with the information needed to obtain
awards and decorations for their veterans. In many
cases these are unclaimed. See the Bulletin Board on
the website for more information. Fred sent me his
massive historical files which have been compiled over
the years with countless hours of work on the part of
dedicated veterans and others. I can usually find the
basic service information for any member of the 63rd
Infantry Division. I have already fulfilled a number of
Like Fred, I am interested in receiving photos and other
information about veterans of the 63rd Infantry Division.
With your permission, I will publish them on the website.
It is a privilege to carry on the work of Fred and his
2020 has been a sad year. The 63rd Infantry Division
has lost more of its dwindling number of veterans.
COLONEL FRED CLINTON
Fred Clinton was born in Boston, MA on 27 July 1927.
He passed away on 9 July 2020 in his home in
He spent his early years in Norfolk, VA. In 1943 he
enlisted in the Army at the age of 16. He served in the
63rd Infantry Division from October 1943 to August
1945. While in the division he was assigned to B
Company, 363rd Medical Battalion; Ranger Platoon and
D and B Companies of 254th Infantry Regiment. He
fought in major engagements including the battle of
Jebsheim, France and the penetration of the Siegfried
Line near Ensheim, Germany.
In 1950 he fought in Korea with the 3rd Infantry
Division. In Korea he attained the rank of First Sergeant
and was appointed to the Army Adjutant General Corps.
In 1952 he returned to the United States and was
promoted to Second Lieutenant. He was assigned to
the 37th Infantry Division at Camp Polk, LA. He then
served with the 10th and 2nd Infantry Divisions at
various locations overseas and in the United States.
In 1968 he was assigned to Vietnam where he served
as Adjutant General for the 4th Infantry Division.
On his return from Vietnam he served with STRATCOM
Europe and as a department director at the Army
Institute of Administration at Fort Harrison, IN.
During his military service he attended the Army
Command General Staff College and the Army War
College. He also received a degree from Benedictine
College in Atchison, KS
GENERAL FREDERICK KROESEN
Frederick Kroesen was born in Phillipsburg, VA on 11
February 1923. He passed away on 30 April 2020.
He was a former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and an
infantry officer in Vietnam. He served for 40 years and
fought in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
He held numerous leadership positions in Vietnam from
1968 to 1972, including commanding officer, 196th
Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal);
commanding general, 23rd Infantry Division; and
deputy commanding general, 24th Corps. Kroesen
became commander of US Army Europe in 1979. He
and his wife narrowly escaped an assassination
attempt by left-wing German terrorists in September
1981. Kroesen retired from the Army in 1983. "He was
wise, caring, unselfish," retired General Carter Ham
said in a statement. "One of the Army's great leaders. I
will miss him. We will all miss him." Kroesen penned a
book, General Thoughts: Seventy Years with the Army,
published in 2003 by the Association of the US Army.
(Quote from Vietnam magazine, August 2020, vol. 33,
no. 2, p 12, provided by William Bailey)
Fred Clinton had the following comments on General
"Fritz" Kroesen was not just a four-star General, he was
a GREAT GENERAL - an officer that put his soldiers
first and was a gentleman through and through.
General Kroesen arrived in the 63rd Division in June
1944 as a brand new 2nd Lieutenant directly from
Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA. By the
end of January 1945 he commanded E Company,
254th Infantry Regiment. All officers in the company
except 2nd Lieutenant Kroesen had been wounded or
killed in action so he assumed command. He remained
in command until the end of the war and by that time he
was a Captain. He went on to become the first graduate
of OCS to ever become a four-star General.
Although I did not know him during WWII since I was in
D Company, 254th Infantry Regiment, I was fortunate
enough to meet him at one of our division reunions. As
it turned out, I found that he lived only a few miles from
me in Alexandria, VA and we talked from time to time on
the phone and by email. I recall one time just after I had
heart surgery at Walter Reed Army Hospital in
Washington, I looked up from my bed one day and who
should be there but General Kroesen. He had heard
from Bill Scott that I was in the hospital and he decided
to visit me and show his concern. There are other
stories I could tell about him. Just know that if I were
ever a General in the Army I would want to be just like
In his book, General Thoughts: Seventy Years with the
Army, General Kroesen wrote two articles about the
battle of Jebsheim.
He attained the rank of Colonel and retired from the
Army after 31 years of service. His military decorations
include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Legion of
Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, an Air Medal, three
Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Commendation
Medal, a French Croix de Guerre with Palm, a
Meritorious Unit Citation and eleven battle stars. His
foreign awards include four from the Vietnamese
government, one from the Korean government and five
from the French government including the Legion of
Honor. He was named an honorary citizen of Jebsheim,
France for his work on peace and reconciliation. He was
a leading advocate for the construction of the Croix du
Moulin memorial near Jebsheim.
He was a 63rd Infantry Division Historian and founded
the 63rd Infantry Division website twenty years ago. He
maintained extensive records of the division history and
assisted countless veterans and their families in
recovering World War II service records. He was
instrumental in helping them receive awards and
Colonel Fred Clinton devoted his life to the service of
others. He was much loved and respected by his
buddies, friends and family. He will be profoundly