US Army Quartermaster Corps


The Quartermaster Hall of Fame award is the highest form of recognition the Corps offers. This much coveted award honors individuals who are judged to have made the most significant contributions to the overall history and traditions of the Quartermaster Corps.

MAJ Anthony Grant
Class of 2020

Anthony Grant, a quartermaster who supplied U.S. Soldiers in two major wars, was 22 years old when he received his Army draft notice.  The former Boy Scout spent his childhood fixated on geography books. Even as a kid, he said, his sights were set on traveling the world. At the time, though, he didn’t know his Selective Service paper would end up being a ticket to the sites in books that fascinated him. From the war-battered beaches of Normandy to the frozen mountains of Korea, Grant spent the next 21 years finding adventure around the world as a Soldier. Along the way, he supplied troops on the frontlines of many historic World War II and Korean War battlefields. Grant, now a retired Major, celebrated his 100th birthday in January 2020, having only a year before joined other D-Day veterans attending the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the WWII monument in Washington, D.C. There he joined other D-Day veterans and laid a wreath in memory of his fallen brothers in arms. He has attended many other ceremonies like it to honor those he served alongside.


Grant’s military story begins more than 77 years ago. The Soldier for Life can still vividly recall how it all began. He was drafted on April 22, 1942, less than six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and much of the world was embroiled in war for the second time in just over two decades. Born and raised in New York City, Grant left home to join the fight.

Grant started his Army career as a clerk for the quartermaster corps, and in less than a year was promoted to sergeant. By April 1943, he became a warrant officer specializing in administration. Grant’s name was among thousands of other American troops printed on a ship manifest for the Queen Mary — a Scottish ocean liner turned Allied troop carrier during the war. Grant was among the thousands of Soldiers jam-packed and loaded from top to bottom in the transatlantic ocean liner, he recalled. The ship ferried troops across the Atlantic Ocean to join Allied partners in Scotland. From there, the Soldiers rode in trucks south to Kettering, England, where they met with allies, and trained before the Normandy invasion. Months after arriving in the United Kingdom, Grant would eventually cross the channel into France. It was a month after D-Day, the invasion of Normandy in northern France. By the time Grant arrived on the French shoreline, the initial battle had already occurred. In its wake was, as Grant recalled, “complete and total destruction.”For miles, all he could see at Normandy were destroyed military vehicles, such as tanks and trucks, along with countless discarded helmets littered in the sand and sunken ships partly submerged near the shore, he said. There was so much destruction, he added, the quartermasters had to make special passageways for their vehicles to go across the beach and set up supply depots.  From Normandy, Grant and his troops advanced further into France, then onward into Germany, he said. All the while, they continued their support to the warfighters, including Gen. George Patton’s Third Army, along with other combat units. The Americans continued their supply chain through France, and into other parts of Europe previously controlled by the Germans, like Belgium and the Netherlands. During the Battle of the Bulge, Grant and his men were called to deliver cargo, ammunition, and weapons to support the troops. It would be Germany’s last major push on the Western Front during the war. Even though he wasn’t in a combat unit, Grant took great pride in how he supported them, he said. Every Soldier played a vital role to ensure victory over the Axis nations.

After the global war ended and the Axis forces fell in both Europe and the Pacific, many Soldiers — who, like Grant, had been drafted into war — returned to their civilian lives. They were veterans, and history would later call them the “Greatest Generation.” Although he was initially drafted, it was just the start of Grant’s military career.


Only a few years following the triumph of WWII, from 1950 to 1953, the United States was entangled in another war. Grant lent another helping hand, this time on the frozen terrain of the Korean peninsula. “I came to Korea in 1952, one year before the war ended,” he said. And like he did during WWII, Grant supported combat units as a quartermaster. Grant was initially stationed at a replacement center, just outside of Tokyo, Japan, in 1952, where he supplied warfighters with trucks. The vehicles were ferried into Korea to carry cargo and supplies from Pusan, a center point of the war, to battlefields throughout the Korean Peninsula, he said.

After Grant completed his mission in Japan, he was called on to serve another in Korea. There he ran a quartermaster laundry company in Masan, Korea, where he washed clothes for troops in combat.  “It’s a funny name, a laundry company,” Grant said. “But, the troops in Korea had heavy clothing to wear, like wool jackets, trousers, and ponchos.”  At the laundry company, Soldiers scrubbed the blood stains, mud, and other battle-worn grime from the heavy, wool fabric and prepared them to return into the Korean hills and valleys for American troops and allies.  “Artillery was a big thing in Korea because of all the mountain areas of combat,” he said. The terrain was not suitable to move tanks through, he explained.  

By the summer of 1953, an armistice was signed to formally end the Korean War. As the years passed, Grant continued to serve. Eventually, he commissioned into the officer corps and retired as a major while stationed at one of the countries where it all began — Germany.