THEODORE E. BUECHLER, BRIGADIER GENERAL, U.S.A.
Commanding General, Division Artillery
15 November 1942 - October 1943 & August 1945 - November 1945
A native of Grand Island, Nebraska, General Buechler was born 26 October 1893. He entered the military service as a cadet at the United States Military Academy in 1914, and graduated with his war-shortened class in August 1917 as a second lieutenant of field artillery. During WWI, General Buechler served with the 13th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington, and subsequently served in the occupation of Germany west of the Rhine in 1919-20.
Between the wars, General Buechler served in a wide variety of command, staff, and instructor duties, and upon the United States' entry into WWII, he was assigned to the War Department's General Staff. In November, 1942, he assumed command of Division Artillery, and supervised the activation and training of the Division's artillery battalions in their first crucial 11 months. In October, 1943, he assumed command of XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, ultimately leading them into combat in the European Theater of Operations in 1944.
On 13 August 1945, General Buechler again assumed command of DIVARTY, taking over from the man to whom he had relinquished command almost two years before, Brigadier General John Murphy. He remained in command until shortly before the Division redeployed to the States, and was succeeded by Lieutenant Colonel Bob Allport, former Commander, 374th Field Artillery.