Historic Hempstead Plains - Nassau County, Long Island
Commander of the W.W.I Port of Embarkation at Hoboken
Major General David Carey Shanks
Major General David Carey Shanks accomplishments
|The Port of Embarkation commander was Major General David Shanks. He was transferred back to the U.S. from his
post in the Philippines to head up this effort and in the final analysis did a brilliant job of it. He also wanted
to be part of the "real" war effort and was finally successful in mustering enough political muscle to
get himself assigned to command a division to go over. He briefly assumed command of the 16th Division when the
armistice was about to be signed .One month later he was back in action as the commander of the Port of Embarkation.
He was the only person who could successfully handle the monstrous 24X7 efforts. He served where he was needed
most and did so in an outstanding way. Throughout his 2 and a half years of service at the port of embarkation,
he was involved with all four staging Camps for the Port.
The good General is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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