Gen. A. Franklin Kibler Papers
World War II-European Theater
Manuscript # 00454


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About this Collection:
Abram Franklin Kibler was born in Staunton, Virginia on July 10, 1891, the son of Green Markwood Kibler and Almira Erena Fishburn. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1912 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1917. His military career spanned 35 years and he rose to the rank of Major General before his retirement in 1952. During World War II Kibler served under General Omar Bradley as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 12th Army Group, European Theater. During the post-war era he held a number of positions, among them Director of Operations, European Theater General Board (1945-1946); Deputy U. S. Army representative to the United Nations Military Staff Committee (1946); Chief of the U. S. delegation to the Military Committee of the Five (Brussels Pact) Powers (1949); and Director of the Joint American Military Advisory Group-Europe (1949). General Kibler died at Walter Reed Army Hospital on January 24, 1955. The papers consist primarily of documents dating from Kibler's World War II service with the 12th Army Group, European Theater. Included are memoranda to and from Kibler and other senior officers (1943-1945); HQ 12th Army Group Commanding General's briefings (1944-1945); reports, including "Reports of the General Board, United States Forces, European Theater" (G-3 Section); photographs, and organizational charts.

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