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After the death of Jan Klenberg (1931-2020) I tried to search for a thread about military leaders, commanders, etc. Didn't find one, so here's one for y'all.

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Wan Haifeng is turning 100 later this month. One of the last founding fathers of PRC and commander of volounteers during the Korean war.

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@Paul Bearer let’s see how you do this time.  

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4 hours ago, Sir Creep said:

@Paul Bearer let’s see how you do this time.  

With what? If this is a duplicate thread, let me know where the original thread is and I'll merge them. 

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I identified Fred Kroeson (1923-2020) a few years back for my DDP team, then of course this year, when I dropped him, he died. He was the oldest living US 4* general at the time.

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On 08/09/2020 at 20:45, arghton said:

After the death of Jan Klenberg (1931-2020) I tried to search for a thread about military leaders, commanders, etc. Didn't find one, so here's one for y'all.

Both Klenberg's successor and predecessor as the Chief of Defence of the Finnish Defence Forces are interesting people.

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Jaakko Valtanen, ww2 vet (born 1925) is still in a pretty good shape at 94 and is pretty known here. Valtanen is known for sending Finnish UN peacekeepers into the middle east and opposing the 60s hippie movement.

 

 

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Gustav Hägglund (born 1937) was a commander of UNIFIL, was involved in the arab-israeli conflict of 1978 and known for his hate towards overweight women, investing in a pyramid scheme in 2008 and hunting animals in Africa.

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Baron Inge looks like a 90 year old in that wikipedia picture from 2007.

 

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Interested to know if anybody has come across any British military commanders turning 95+ in 2021 not listed below?

Sir James Jungius b. Nov 1923, Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir John Morrison Forbes b. Aug 1925, Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir Frank Kitson b. Dec 1926, General in the British Army

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16 minutes ago, Ulitzer95 said:

Interested to know if anybody has come across any British military commanders turning 95+ in 2021 not listed below?

Sir James Jungius b. Nov 1923, Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir John Morrison Forbes b. Aug 1925, Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir Frank Kitson b. Dec 1926, General in the British Army

I'm not sure about people aged 95+ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lawson_(British_Army_officer)

But Richard Lawson, GOC in Northern Ireland during the Troubles is going to be 94 and he and Kitson are the only Generals born in the 1920s left, I think

 

From the USA, Harry E. Goldsworthy (born 1914, 106) is probably the oldest Lt.Gen alive

 

 

Also, Lt.Gen William Carr, called the "father of modern Canadian Air Force" is still alive and 97

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Keir_Carr

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If there's only three turning 95+ next year, might as well extend to British commanders born in the 1920s then (excluding Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip):

Sir James Jungius b. Nov 1923, Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir John Morrison Forbes b. Aug 1925, Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir Frank Kitson b. Dec 1926, General in the British Army
Anthony Whetstone b. Jun 1927, Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy
Sir Richard Lawson b. Nov 1927, General in the British Army
Sir Alexander Boswell b. Aug 1928, Lieutenant-General in the British Army
Sir Richard Vickers b. Aug 1928, Lieutenant-General in the British Army
Sir Derek Reffell b. Oct 1928 Admiral in the Royal Navy

All of these guys will obit of course.

List is incomplete so any additions welcome.

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