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Maj. Gen. William C. Lee (1895-1948)
August 1942 - March 1944. Gen. Lee is often referred to as the Father of U.S. Airborne for his role in forming the Provisional Parachute Group and Airborne Command. Gen. Lee moved with the 101st to England to prepare for the Normandy Invasion, but he was forced to return to the U.S. before D-Day for health reasons. Gen. Lee retired from the Army in 1944 and died in 1948.
Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor (1901-1987)
March 1944 - December 1944. Gen. Taylor formerly served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the Mediterranean. After WWII, Gen. Taylor would serve as superintendent of West Point, Army Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe (1898-1975)
December 1944 - December 1944. Gen. McAuliffe formerly served as division artillery commander. Gen. Taylor was in the U.S. when the German counteroffensive struck in the Ardennes, and Gen. McAuliffe served as acting commander during the fighting around Bastogne. After WWII, Gen. McAuliffe served in a variety of roles including commander of the Seventh Army and commander of the U.S. Army in Europe. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor
December 1944 - September 1945. [See above.]

1. The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950.
2. Order of Battle of the United States Army, World War II, European Theater of Operations, Office of the Theater Historian, Paris, France, December 1945.

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