Despite a heart condition and arthritis that forced him to use a cane, Brig. General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. led the assault on Utah Beach, landing with the first wave of troops. He died in France less than a month later of a heart attack.
Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his "Rough Rider" jeep in Italy, January 1944. This former commander of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, was one of the most popular generals in the storied history of the Big Red One.
Patton & Teddy Roosevelt Jr (1943) This past week I spoke with a D Day veteran who told us he was on the same vessel going into Normandy as Teddy Roosevelt (the younger). He was helped over the side by a man who said "Good luck son." Not having a clue who that man was he got into the LST. Another fellow said. "Do you know who that was! That was Gen. Roosevelt!.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. * Assistant Division Commander/4th Infantry Division (Only General Officer to land on the Beach on D-Day in the first wave and the oldest soldier in the invasion) Selected to Command the 90th Infantry Division as a Major General but died of natural causes before the selection was announced and published in General Orders.
7.12.1944 - Ste. Mere-Eglise, France: Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt) seen hours before he died of a coronary thrombosis. The 4th Infantry Division commander described him as “the most gallant soldier and finest gentleman I have ever known.”