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Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number M136879 issued to Brigadier General LeGrande Albert "Pick" Diller (ca. 1945).
Col. LeGrande A. Diller, U.S. Army, S-6660, FA
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number M136879 issued to Brigadier General LeGrande Albert "Pick" Diller (ca. 1945) - General Diller's issued Colt Model 1908 .380 ACP pistol with his medals. The medals along the back row are all inscribed "LeGrande Diller" on the reverse.
LeGrande Albert (Pick) Diller (1901-1987) -
LeGrande A. Diller was born in Tonawanda, Erie
County, New York on February 16, 1901. He was commissioned a
2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army on February
19, 1923 with date of rank back to January 5, 1923.
Lt. Gen. Douglas
MacArthur conducts a ceremony formally inducting the
Philippine Army Air Corps into
Diller had been serving on duty in the
Philippines since 1939, when, in 1941 he became one of
General Douglas MacArthur's personal Aides. On December 19,
1941 Diller received a promotion to the temporary rank of
Lieutenant Colonel (A.U.S.)
The original burial place of LeGrande A. Diller is unknown at this time. On May 26, 1989 he was interred in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Plot: 18 887.
Brig. Gen. LeGrande A.
Diller (Photographed in 1944 when he held the rank of
Diller remained with MacArthur during the war, receiving a promotion to Brigadier General (A.U.S.) on January 9, 1945.
Photograph inscribed by General Douglas
MacArthur to Pick Diller:
The nature of Diller's duties while an Aide to MacArthur
is summarized in the following passage:
Diller was promoted to the permanent rank of Colonel in
the Regular Army on March 11, 1948. According to his
obituary he commanded Regiments in Europe from 1947 to 1954.
It was during those years he commanded the 22nd Infantry
Regiment, from approximately 1952-1954.
September 2, 1970 -
MacArthur Gift Admired - Gen. Douglas MacArthur presented a
copy of the official document
Jean MacArthur with
(left to right) Mr. and Mrs Jerry Farley,
On September 2, 1987, exactly 42 years to the day of the unconditional surrender by the Japanese at the end of WWII, LeGrande A. (Pick) Diller, died of cancer at his home in Reynolds, Ga.
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Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number M136879 issued to Brigadier General LeGrande Albert "Pick" Diller - left side showing "M" marked serial number indicating that this pistol had the modifications made by Colt to prevent jamming. Magazine is "M" marked as well. Note ordnance mark on the frame to the right of the thumb safety.
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number M136879 issued to Brigadier General LeGrande Albert "Pick" Diller - Displayed with his medals. The Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star and Legion of Merit are all inscribed on the back "LeGrande Diller". General Diller was also the recipient of the Philippine Distinguished Service Star, the third highest military decoration of the Republic of he Philippines (the inverted five pointed star pictured to the left of the American Defense Service Medal).
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number M136879 issued to Brigadier General LeGrande Albert "Pick" Diller - right side showing "U.S. PROPERTY" mark on frame.
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number M136879 issued to Brigadier General LeGrande Albert "Pick" Diller - base plate of original magazine.
A collection of Japanese currency and military insignia brought home by Brigadier General Diller following WWII. Note the card in the lower right corner certifying the presence of Brig. Gen LeGrande A. Diller, USA at the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces to the Allied Powers, dated September 2, 1945.
Brigadier General LeGrande "Pick"
Diller, 86 Dies
September 5, 1987 -- LeGrande A. "Pick" Diller, 86, a retired Army brigadier general who was one of Gen, Douglas MacArthur's closest aides during World War II, died of cancer Sept. 2 at his home in Reynolds, Ga.
Gen. Diller was sent to the Philippines in 1939 and Joined MacArthur's staff in February 1941. He became the future five-star Army general's aide-de-camp and press relations adviser, remaining on his staff throughout the Pacific war and participating in many of its most historic moments.
Japanese Surrender: USS Missouri
He accompanied MacArthur on his daring PT-boat escape from the Philippines to Australia and ended the war as a leading Army representative on the committee that arranged the formal Japanese surrender aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Harbor on Sept. 2, 1945.
Japanese Surrender: Japanese Delegation
Japanese Surrender: General MacArthur and the Allied Powers
Japanese Surrender: Japanese Delegation signs the Surrender Document
Japanese Surrender: Admiral Chester Nimitz signs the Surrender Document as the United States Representative.
Japanese Surrender: Unconditional Surrender of the Japanese Forces Signature Page
After the war, he remained with MacArthur, who was commanding Allied occupation forces in Japan, and spent two years as secretary of the Army general staff in Tokyo. From 1947 to 1954, Gen. Diller commanded infantry regiments in West Germany.
He retired for reasons of health in 1954 and two years later moved to Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts at the Ringling School of Art in Bradenton, Fla., and served on the school's board of directors and did art work in Florida. He moved to Georgia earlier this year.
Gen. Diller was a native of New York state and earned his nickname laying rails in his youth. After his 1923 graduation from Syracuse University, he was commissioned in the infantry.
His first wife, Harriett (Hat) Diller, died in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Mary N. Diller, whom he married in July 1987 and who lives in Reynolds; a son, retired Army Col. Richard W. (Wells) Diller of Killeen, Tex,; two brothers, retired Army Col. Everell, of Irving, Tex., and Thurlow, of Syracuse; two sisters, Onnolee Mosher of Tucson, and Rowena Diller of Syracuse; and a grandchild.
DILLER, LEGRANDE A.
BG United States Army