Emmons, Delos C.
- Mark F. Leep
Emmons, Delos C. (17 January 1889–04 October 1965), United States Army general, airman, and military governor of Hawaii in the early years of America's involvement in World War II, was born Delos Carleton Emmons in the Ohio River town of Huntington, West Virginia, the son of Carleton Delos Emmons, a prosperous hardware business owner, and Minnie Gibson, the daughter of one of Huntington's first newspaper editors. Emmons enjoyed the life of an active boy growing up in a small river town, with the popular sport of baseball as his chief activity and love outside of school. By the time Emmons entered his senior year of high school in 1904, his athletic and leadership skills earned him the captaincy of both the baseball and football teams. Coveting an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, Emmons spent the year following graduation at the Werntz Preparatory School in Annapolis, Maryland, to prepare for the academy's entrance examinations. His hard work proved successful, earning Emmons a spot in the Class of 1905 on June 15, 1905. Four years later, on June 11, 1909, he graduated in the middle of his class as a second lieutenant of infantry, with fellow graduates and future generals George S. Patton and Jacob L. Devers....