Hartle awarded Legion of Merit, 1946
Maj. Gen. Hartle Is Given Award
Presented With Coveted Legion Of Merit By General Eisenhower
For the performance of exceptional meritorious services, Major General Russell P. Hartle, this city, has been awarded the Legion of Merit.
Announcement of the award was made yesterday by General Dwight Eisenhower.
General Hartle, who commanded the first American troops to land on the British Isles early in the war, was given the Legion of Merit, a coveted honor, for services performed as commanding general of the important infantry replacement center at Camp Fannin, Texas, from August, 1943, to August, 1945.
"The activation and development of this training installation reflected the outstanding professional, executive and administrative ability of this officer," General Eisenhower's announcement said, and added:
"His devotion to duty, interest, energy and keen foresight was instrumental in the production of 85,120 thoroughly trained loss replacement men who played a vital part in the total war effort."
General Hartle, a son of the late Barry M. Hartle, former county treasurer, is now visiting his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis G. Hoover, North Cannon avenue.
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