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Malin Craig

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, United States
Death: July 25, 1945 (69)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Louis Aleck Craig and Georgianna Craig
Brother of Major General Louis A. Craig Jr.

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About General Malin Craig

Malin Craig (August 5, 1875–July 25, 1945) was a United States Army general.


Malin Craig was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on August 5, 1875; Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1898; was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the 4th Infantry, April 1898;

Spanish American War

Served with the 6th Cavalry in the Santiago campaign in Cuba, 1898;

Garrison service

Was transferred to the 4th Cavalry and served in Wyoming and Oklahoma, 1898–1900;

Boxer Rebellion

Participated in the China Relief Expedition, 1900–1902; was promoted to first lieutenant and assigned to the 6th Cavalry, February 1901;

Garrison service

Married Genevieve Woodruff, April 1901; attended the Infantry and Cavalry School (1903–1904) and Staff College (1904–1905) at Fort Leavenworth; was promoted to captain and assigned to the 10th Cavalry, May 1904, and the 1st Cavalry, 1905; was regimental quartermaster at Fort Clark, 1906–1909,


Adjutant in the Philippines, 1909;

Garrison service

Was at the Army War College as student, 1909–1910, and instructor, 1910–1911; was a member of the General Staff and chief of staff of the Maneuver Division, 1911; was assistant to the chief of staff of the Western Department, 1911–1912; served with the 1st Cavalry in the West, 1912–1916; was instructor at the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, 1916–1917; served in the Adjutant General’s Department and was detailed to the General Staff Corps, 1917.

World War I

Was promoted to major of cavalry, May 1917; was promoted to lieutenant colonel of field artillery and appointed chief of staff of the 41st Division, August 1917; served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France in that position and as chief of staff of I Corps, participating in the Toul, Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne operations; was promoted to colonel (February) and brigadier general (June) in the National Army, 1918; was chief of staff of the Army of Occupation in Germany, 1918–1919;

Garrison service

Reverted to basic rank of major and was director of the Army War College, 1919–1920; was promoted to colonel of cavalry and assigned as commander, District of Arizona, 1920–1921; was promoted to brigadier general in the Regular Army, April 1921; served as commandant of the United States Army Cavalry School, 1921–1923; commanded the Coast Artillery District of Manila, 1923–1924; was promoted to major general and assigned as chief of cavalry, 1924–1926; was assistant chief of staff, G–3, of the Army, 1926–1927, then commanded the Fourth Corps Area, 1927, the Panama Canal Division, 1927–1928, the Panama Canal Department, 1928–1930, and the Ninth Corps Area, 1930–1935; was commandant of the Army War College, 1935; was promoted to general, October 1935; was chief of staff of the United States Army, October 2, 1935 – August 31, 1939 ;

World War II

Pointed out to Congress the Army’s lack of preparedness in manpower and material, stressed the essentiality of lead time in military preparedness, focused attention on Army planning, and, within governmental constraints, prepared the Army for World War II; retired from active service, August 1939; was recalled to head the secretary of war’s Personnel Board, September 1941; died in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 1945.

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General Malin Craig's Timeline

August 5, 1875
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, United States
July 25, 1945
Age 69
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States