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John MagruderRoster ID 5607
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1909|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Brig. Gen. John Magruder, Class of 1909. Genealogy: Born- June 3, 1887 in Woodstock, Va. Father- John William Magruder, VMI Class of 1865; Mother- Mary Lucretia Donaldson, both of Va. Pat. Grandfather- William Wilson Magruder of Maryland; Pat. Grandmother- Mary Susan Williams of Va. Mat. Grandfather- William Edward Donaldson of Maryland; Mat. Grandmother- Susan Mary Hickman of Va. Married- Helen Schurman, daughter of Dr. Jacob Gould Schurman on March 4, 1922. Children- 1- Monroe Magruder (Killed in Action in Korea); 2- Barbara Magruder; 3- Malcolm Magruder. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Sept. 1, 1905; Graduated June 23, 1909 standing 1st in a class of 40. Received Jackson-Hope Medal, First Honor at graduation. Careers: Commissioned in the Regular Army in 1910 transferred to field artillery in 1911. Served in the Philippines from 1913-15. Was with the American Expeditionary Forces in France in WWI, participating in the Battle of St. Mihiel. Served as a military attache in Peking, China from 1924-20 and 1926-30. Graduated from the Field Artillery School Advanced Course in 1925 and was a distinguished graduate of the Command and General Staff School in 1926 and a graduate of the Army War College in 1931. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Was Professor of Military Science and Commandant of Cadets at VMI 1932-35. Served as military attache at Bern, Switzerland 1935-38, General Magruder returned to Washington in 1938 and became chief of the intelligence branch of the War Department General Staff until 1941 when he commanded the artillery of the 1st Infantry Division, before being named by President Roosevelt to head the United States Military Mission to China. Designated deputy director of the Office of Strategic Services in 1943, becoming Director in 1945. Retired from active military service in 1946. He was an influential figure in the creation of the C.I.A. Served a special assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense 1949-52. Died- April 29, 1958 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.|