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Frederick J. Kroesen, Jr.
Born 1923 (age 86–87)
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General Frederick J. Kroesen, Jr.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943-1983
Rank General
Commands held Forces Command
U.S. Army Europe
Seventh Army
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with "V" (3)
Purple Heart (3)
Air Medal (30)
Other work Chairman, Military Professional Resources Inc

Frederick James Kroesen, Jr. is a retired United States Army four star general and was the Commanding General of the Seventh United States Army and the commander of NATO Central Army Group from 1979 to 1983, and Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command from 1976 to 1978. He also served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from 1978 to 1979.

Kroesen is a graduate of Rutgers University. He earned an M.A. in International Affairs at George Washington University. He commanded troops in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. He also served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

The four-star general was injured in Heidelberg on September 15, 1981, when his armoured limousine was targeted with a RPG-7 anti-tank rocket. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the "Kommando Gudrun Ensslin" of the Red Army Faction.

After leaving the army, Kroesen became a businessman.[1] He is currently chairman of the board of Military Professional Resources Inc. and a senior fellow at the Institute of Land Warfare of the Association of the United States Army. He is additionally the Vice-President of the American Security Council Foundation.




  • General Thoughts: Seventy Years with the Army. Publisher: Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the United States Army, 2003

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Preceded by
George S. Blanchard
Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe
May 29, 1979 to April 15, 1983
Succeeded by
Glenn K. Otis


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