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John Caraway Arrowsmith
Born (1894-06-04)June 4, 1894
Died June 1, 1985(1985-06-01) (aged 90)
Place of birth Reno, Nevada
Place of death Asheville, North Carolina
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal

John Caraway Arrowsmith (June 4, 1894 Reno, Nevada - June 1, 1985 Asheville, North Carolina[1]) was a Brigadier general in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, commanding the 45th Engineers in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during World War II.[2]

In 1942, Arrowsmith was placed in command of Base Section 3 in Ledo, Assam, India which was responsible for construction of the Ledo Road. Under Arrowsmith's command, the road reached the Patkai mountains and crossed into Burma.[2]

Arrowsmith was promoted to Brigadier General. Brigadier General Lewis A. Pick replaced Arrowsmith as Chief Road Engineer in October 1943. Arrowsmith continued as commander of the 45th Engineers until 1944, and continued his army career until 1953 when he retired. He died in 1985 and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[2]


Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal
World War I Victory Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Service Stars
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Service Star
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 with Palm (France)


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