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Central Defense Command

Central Defense Command
Active 1941–44
Country United States of America
Branch Army
Role home defense & training
Garrison/HQ Memphis
Commanding General Benjamin Lear
Commanding General Lloyd R. Fredendall

Central Defense Command (CDC) was established on 17 March 1941 as the command formation of the U.S. Army responsible for coordinating the defense of the Midwest region of the United States. A second major responsibility of CDC was the training of soldiers prior to their deployment overseas. The first Commanding General of CDC was Lieutenant General Ben Lear, who continued on in command of the Second U.S. Army. CDC headquarters was co-located with the existing Second Army headquarters in Memphis. CDC's operational region covered the states of Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

On 15 January 1944 Central Defense Command was merged into Eastern Defense Command.


The following men served as Commanding General, Central Defense Command:

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