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U.S. Army portrait taken by Sergeant Phil Weiner
December 28, 1883|
Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
|Died||October 4, 1963
San Diego, California, U.S.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1907–1946|
|Commands held||57th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Division
Central Defense Command
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal
Mexican Border Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Lieutenant General Lloyd Ralston Fredendall (December 28, 1883 – October 4, 1963) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served during World War II. He is best known for his failure in handling of the Battle of Kasserine Pass, leading to America's worst defeat of World War II, for which he was relieved of his command.
He was in command of the Central Task Force landings during Operation Torch in North Africa, and led II Corps during the early stages of the Tunisian Campaign.
In February 1943, while in command of the II Corps, his forces were defeated by German forces commanded by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim in the Battle of Kasserine Pass. After this debacle, Fredendall was relieved of command of II Corps by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in North Africa, and replaced by Major General George S. Patton Jr. in March 1943.
In spite of his relief, Fredendall was promoted to lieutenant general in June 1943, assumed command of the Second Army and was greeted back home in the United States as a hero.
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