Raymond Stallings McLain (1890-1954) was born in Washington County, Kentucky. He only completed formal school to the sixth grade, but he furthered his education through self-study and becoming proficient in math and languages. In 1909, McLain graduated from Hill's Business College in Oklahoma City and at age 17 he worked as a clerk in real estate, handling titles and abstracts. He later opened his own business. At the same time, he entered the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1912, where he attained the rank of sergeant.
McLain served in World War I as a commissioned officer. He was a named second lieutenant in the Oklahoma National Guard and was promoted to rank of first lieutenant the following year. During WWI, McLain served as a machine gun company commander in the 36th Division from 1917-1919. Upon his return home, he continued his service in the Oklahoma National Guard and managed Oklahoma City's Central Title and Investment Company.
In 1937, McLain rose to the rank of Brigadier General and led several artillery missions during World War II. In August of 1944, McLain took command of the 90th Infantry Division. He led his units across France and in many battles on the Western Front. He was the only national guardsman who commanded a corps in combat during WWII.
McLain's distinguished service led to his appointment as Brigadier General of the regular army, and later he became the comptroller of the army and was appointed as the army's first statutory comptroller general until his retirement in 1952. In 1954, at the time of his death, McLain was serving on President Eisenhower's National Security Training Commission.
Lieutenant General McLain was decorated with many military honors, including but not limited to: The Distinguished Service Cross (1944), Army Distinguished Service Medal (1944-45), Silver Star (1943), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (1944-45), Mexican Board Service Medal, World War I Victory with two battle clasps, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver and three bronze stars.
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