General John R. Hodge
United States Army | 1893 – 1963
Architectural Engineering, University of Illinois
Illinois Chapter, 1916
Wife – Lydia
At the beginning of World War II, Hodge was part of the staff of VII Corps. Being appointed Brigadier General, he started his combat career as part of the staff of General Joseph Lawton Collins in the Guadalcanal campaign. He then participated in the Bougainville campaign in 1943-1944. He was promoted to Major General during the Philippines Campaign in 1944. In 1945 he served on Okinawa, and he was promoted to Lieutenant General in August, becoming the commander of the XXIV Corps of the US Tenth Army. He commanded one half of the troops in the attack on Okinawa.
From 1945 to 1948, Hodge was the military governor of South Korea under the United States Army Military Government in Korea (USAMGIK). He took his corps to Korea under orders of General MacArthur, landing at Incheon on September 9, 1945. He was the commanding officer receiving the surrender of all Japanese forces in Korea south of the 38th parallel.
Hodge then returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1948 to 1950. After the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, he was named the Commanding General of the US Third Army, based in the United States of America, and not in Korea.
Hodge received a promotion to General on July 5, 1952 and his final assignment before retiring was as Chief, Army Field Services, 1952-1953. General Hodge retired from military service in June 1953 and died in Washington, DC in 1963.
Hodge was the banquet speaker at the 1951 Triangle National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, and was elected a National Honorary member in 1950. General Hodge’s theme in his banquet address was “Our Team for National Security.”
His medals include the Legion of Merit for outstanding service as assistant commander of the 52nd Infantry Division in combat in Guadalcanal, the Distinguished Service Medal, The Purple Heart, The Silver Star for gallantry in command of the American Division fighting in Bougainville, an Oak Leaf Cluster to the DSM for organizing the 24th Corps, a second cluster for exceptionally meritorious service as commanding general of the 24th Corps in the Okinawa invasion, and the Air Medal.
At the University of Illinois he was Triangle editor, chapter president, and Founders Day toastmaster until 1917 when he joined the ranks of many other students leaving school to serve in the infantry.