Gilbert Trudeau (July 5, 1902 in Middlebury, Vermont
June 5, 1991, Chevy Chase, Maryland) was a Lieutenant
General in the United States Army best known for his command
of the 7th Infantry Division during the battle of Battle
of Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War.
Trudeau entered West Point in 1920 and graduated in the
Class of 1924 later serving in the 104th Engineers of
the New Jersey National Guard. In 1944, he was promoted
to Brigadier General. Considered a specialist on amphibious
warfare he assumed command of a secret base in the Philippines
in 1945, assisting in the preparation for an invasion
of Japan which never came. After the war, he served in
Germany before becoming deputy commander of the Army War
College in 1950. During the Korean war, Trudeau commanded
the 7th Infantry Division and would earn the Silver Star
by personally leading a reconnaissance team to scout the
strategic position, Pork Chop Hill, while it was under
heavy enemy fire. He was named Chief of Army intelligence
in October 1953 but was relieved of his command 20 months
later when Allen W. Dulles, Director of Central Intelligence,
sent a scathing memorandum of complaints to the Pentagon.
Although the contents of the memorandum were not made
public, General Trudeau was noted for his vigorous anti-Communist
statements, and he often clashed with other government
officials over their differing views of Communist intentions.
He returned to Korea to take command of I Corps. On
October 18, 1956, Trudeau was promoted to Lieutenant General.[citation
needed] In 1958, he returned to Washington as Director
of Army Research and Development.
retirement from the Army in 1962, Gen. Trudeau went on
to head Gulf Labs of the Gulf Oil Corporation in Pittsburgh
until 1968. He then served as a special adviser to the
chairman of Pittsburgh's Rockwell International aerospace
firm until 1972. Throughout his military service, General
Trudeau was an outspoken advocate of racial integration
of the military. He also said it was in the nation's best
interests that educational opportunities be provided for
the disadvantaged so they could take advantage of new
career openings. General Trudeau is a member of the Military
Intelligence Hall of Fame.
General is connected to the Roswell Incident as he headed
the committee responsible for the Pentagon's files and
UFO items recovered in New Mexico. According to his immediate
subordinate, Philip J. Corso, who is the author of a book
called "The Day after Roswell", Trudeau actually
managed a covert mission to disseminate recovered alien
technology to major industries in the U.S. during the
1950s and 1960s. Corso's book recounts how he allegedly
helped Trudeau share this gleaned ufology information
with others so that they could use it to advance technology.
Consequently, Corso claims, our world has experienced
great technology and information revolutions within the
last 50 years.