Accession Number : ADA227385


Title :   Battalion Command in Combat. Forward Edge of Combat Power: A Leadership Analysis of Selected Battalion Commanders in Combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam with Implications for Future Combat Leaders


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, Aug 1989-Jun 1990


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Megahan, Rick


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a227385.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jun 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 390


Abstract : Based on the construction of detailed combat narratives and the application of current U.S. Army leadership doctrine as the assessment methodology, this study conducts a leadership analysis of three Distinguished Service Cross-winning battalion commanders of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The performances of LTC Benjamin Vandervoort at St. Mere-Eglise on 6-7 June 1944, of LTC James H. Lynch at Hill 314 in Korea on 12 September 1950, and of LTC Harold Moore at LZ X-Ray in Vietnam on 14-16 November 1965 are examined in terms of the tasks, the skills, knowledge, and attitudes, and the leadership performance indicators which support the nine leadership competencies of FM 22- 100, Military Leadership. This study concludes that the leadership competencies and their supporting SKA and LPI constitute a valid assessment tool for analyzing the combat performance on past -- and future -- battalion commanders. But on the whole, more of the warfighting focus of AirLand Battle doctrine should be incorporated into the performance standards in order to make the competencies more useful as a leadership evaluation tool for use at field training exercises or rotations at the National Training Center or the Joint Readiness Training Center.


Descriptors :   *WARFARE , *LEADERSHIP , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *MILITARY COMMANDERS , METHODOLOGY , COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , TRAINING , THESES , STANDARDS , MILITARY TRAINING , AIR LAND BATTLES , FIELD CONDITIONS , VIETNAM , INDICATORS , COMBAT FORCES , ARMY OPERATIONS , ARMY , KOREA , POWER , CONSTRUCTION , OPERATIONAL READINESS , BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , SKILLS , FORWARD AREAS , MILITARY PERSONNEL


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


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