GEN. THEODORE ROOSEVELT DIES IN FRANCE

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GEN. THEODORE ROOSEVELT DIES IN FRANCE

FIRST U.S. ARMY HQ, Normandy July 14—Brig Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, son of the late president Theodore Roosevelt and veteran of four campaigns of this war, died in his tent Wednesday from a heart attack, it was disclosed today.



The 56-year-old general, who was wounded and decorated as a major in France in World War I, fought in North Africa, Sicily and Italy before leading assault forces on the beaches of Normandy in the initial waves of the invasion on D-Day.

He was at the front with the infantry in the siege of Cherbourg and was serving with the Fourth U.S. Division when stricken.

Cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the general had been a prominent figure in civilian life before returning to active service in 1941 as a colonel. He was former assistant secretary of the Navy, former governor of Puerto Rico and Governor-general of the Philippines, as well as an author and publisher. He helped to organize the American Legion.



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Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in Normandy with the 4th Infantry Division.



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