Last surviving WWII general?

stevev

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You're correct, it's not an easy question but the best guess seems to be
Jimmy Doolittle who died in 1993 at 96. James Gaven died in 1990.
 
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Thank you. It's hard to find what rank the persons on the list had in WWII, but naturally few had higher rank than lieutenant or perhaps captain back then. The youngest to reach the rank of general were about 40 (James Gavin became a major General at 37), so the person would have to be about 110 to be alive now. It's probably more realistic of the last WWII generals died in the first decade of this millenium.
 
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stevev

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Apr 2017
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Thank you. It's hard to find what rank the persons on the list had in WWII, but naturally few had higher rank than lieutenant or perhaps captain back then. The youngest to reach the rank of general were about 40 (James Gavin became a major General at 37), so the person would have to be about 110 to be alive now. It's probably more realistic of the last WWII generals died in the first decade of this millenium.
We know James Gavin died in 1990 (post 2) and James Doolittle died in 1993. The latter would likely be the longest surviving US general from WW2. As for all belligerents in WWII you would need the statistics for every one. That might take some time and might not even be possible because many records were destroyed. If one were a possible war criminal, it might be convenient to be "dead".
 
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Larrey

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For the French possiibly Jaques Chaban-Delmas. He was one of the leaders of the French resistance in Paris. In May 1944, at the age of 29, he was speed-bumped from Lieutenant to Géneral de Brigade of the FFI in one go to fill that role (youngest French general since the French Revolution). He died in 2000, age 85.
 
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Slim died in 1970, but he held a very high rank.
So far James Hill is the best candidate, but only BritIsh, French and US officers have been mentioned so far. Stalin killed off most of his high-ranking officers in the 1930's, then the Germans killed many of them too. There must have been a desperate need for high-ranking officers and it seems likely some of them were really young. Perehaps the last WWII general was Soviet?