(This is research for a law school paper – not my family line)
I continue to research, almost obsessively, the fascinating KRUEGER family (with a focus on Dorothy Jane Krueger SMITH). I have uncovered a few gold nuggets in the past couple of days that I will share in this post.
I do want to say that there are things I am not going to reveal here for several reasons. If you have been following my posts on this research, you know that I am doing this to help my daughter with a paper she is writing on the Supreme Court case. We have uncovered some little known facts about Dorothy’s court-martial and the subsequent appeal and writ of habeas-corpus filed by lawyers hired by General Krueger that led to the Supreme Court case. These nuggets are reserved for my daughter’s paper and I will not talk about those facts here. My primary focus is the family history research and this is all I will write about in this blog.
One of my biggest questions was, what happened to the teenaged children of Aubrey and Dorothy SMITH after the murder and Dorothy’s arrest. I was able to find their names, which I won’t post here to protect their privacy. However, I did find the answer to my question in a wonderful biography of General Walter KRUEGER, General Walter Krueger: Unsung Hero of the Pacific War by Kevin C. Holzimmer. The children went to San Antonio, TX to live with the General and wife, Grace. Grace was in failing health at the time and did not live to see her daughter released from prison. The biography is full of wonderful nuggets of information. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in military history, WWII or history in general. It is meticulously researched and very well written.
I also found out that General Krueger was on the cover of Time Magazine 29 Jan 1945 and there is a wonderful article about him (with some terrific quotes) in the same issue. Intellectual copyright law prevents me from posting the cover picture or information from the article here, but I can give you links to both. Well worth reading and the cover picture is great!