One of the books I got for Christmas was An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson, and I’m only partway through it. One of the key characters so far is Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. At first glance, I thought “nepotism”, but though he may have struggled in his father’s shadow, he certainly didn’t let it slow him down.
An incomplete list of his accomplishments:
- Commanded the 26th Infantry in WW1
- Helped found the American Legion
- Assistant Secretary of the Navy
- Governor of Puerto Rico
- Governor-general of the Philippines
- Chairman of American Express
- Vice president of Doubleday Publishing
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during WW1 and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1944, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Right now in the book, Roosevelt is second-in-command of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, under Major General Terry Allen, and Operation Torch is meeting with disaster in Oran.