Brief Biography of Forrest C. Pogue:
Forrest C. Pogue was born on September 17, 1912, in Crittenden County, Kentucky. He received his Bachelors from Murray State Teachers College in 1931, his Masters from the University of Kentucky in 1932, and his doctorate from Clark University in 1936. From 1937 to 1938 he studied at the University of Paris, France. Upon his return to the United States, he taught at Western Kentucky College and then later at Murray State Teachers College. He was drafted in 1942 into the United States Army and in spring of 1943 was transferred to the Historical Division, where in 1944 he landed with the troops at Normandy, France. He conducted interviews with the soldiers and officers until the war’s conclusion. Following the war, he served as a civilian historian for the Department of the Army from 1945 to 1952. He briefly returned to teaching at Murray State College in 1954 and 1955. In 1956, he became the director of the newly established George C. Marshall Research Foundation. He became the Director of the Eisenhower Institute for Historical Research at the Smithsonian in 1974 where he remained until his retirement. He is best remembered for his work on the four volume biography of George C. Marshall and writings on the European theater of the Second World War. He died on October 6, 1996 at Murray, Kentucky.
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