Remembering General Lewis A Pick, Architect Of The Ledo Road ( Ww Ii)

 The Ledo road was a road from Ledo In Assam through the mountains  and jungles of Burma to the China Road. During World War II the China road from Burma was closed, hence the Americans decided that a second road from Assam was required to ferry supplies to China. The task for constructing the road was given to the engineering regiments of the US army an dthe engineer put in charge was General Lewis A Pick. He headed the engineering regiments that built the Ledo Road.

Lewis Pick was born in 1890 an dcompleted his studies as an engineer. In the

thirties he was part of the Missouri river project and in 1935-36 was part of the task force that handled the Missouri river floods. With the outbreak of war he was sent to Assam to oversee the construction projects there.  With the Burma occupied general Pick made plans for the
construction of the Ledo Road.

General Pick was instrumental in the construction of the road, which took nearly 3 years and the road was ready by Feb,1945. General Pick showed his determination in getting the road pass through some of the toughest mountains and thickest jungles in Burma. On completion of the project general Pick returned home to the United States.

Back home he again joined the Missouri project  wher he was working earlier and in 1949 was designated Engineer in Chief by President Truman of the USA. It was a fitting recognition  of a man who had spent his entire life handling difficult projects. His ledo road project will remain an enduring tribute to his genius. The road now is still used, though parts of it are claimed back by the jungle. General Pick expired in 1956 in Washington.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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