Andrew Jackson Goodpaster IV
U.S. Army General Flag (General)
Four Star General Officer Flag


Basic Information
Born 12 February 1915
Place of birth Granite City, Madison County,
Died 16 May 2005 (aged 90)
Place of death Washington, D.C.
Cause of death Unknown
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Dorothy Goodpaster (née Anderson)
(m. 19?? - 2005; his death)
Alma mater United States Military Academy (B.S. '79)
Princeton University (M.S.E., M.A., '49)
Princeton University (Ph.D., '50)
Nickname GoodP
Personal Information
Nationality European American
Gender Male
Hair Color white
Eye Color Unknown
Height Unknown
Religion Unknown
Military Info
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army

Service # Officer - 21739

Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Organization or Command Title / Position Branch Rank Location Begin Date End Date
United States Army Career
United States Military Academy - - Cadet 01 Jul 1935 12 Jun 1939
unknown unknown 2nd Lieutenant Fort Jay, New York 15 Sep 1939 27 Sep 1939
Company "A":
11th Engineer Regiment
attached 2nd Lieutenant Corozal, Panama 06 Oct 1939 14 May 1940
11th Engineer Regiment Adjutant 2nd Lieutenant;
1st Lieutenant
Fort Clayton, Panama 15 May 1940 14 Jan 1941
Company "E":
11th Engineer Regiment
attached 1st Lieutenant Fort Clayton, Panama 15 Jan 1941 01 Jul 1941
Company "E":
11th Engineer Regiment
Commanding Officer 1st Lieutenant;
Fort Clayton, Panama 01 Jul 1941 25 Aug 1942
390th Engineer General Service Regiment Executive Officer Captain Camp Claiborne, Louisiana 26 Aug 1942 01 Feb 1943
Command and General Staff College Student Major Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 02 Feb 1943 10 Apr 1943
48th Engineer Combat Battalion /
108th Engineer Combat Group
Commanding Officer Major
Lieutenant Colonel
Camp Gruber, Oklahoma;
various in North Africa;
various in Italy
14 Apr 1943 02 Feb 1944
Strategy and Policy Group:
Operations Division:
United States Department of War
unknown Lieutenant Colonel Washington, D.C. 11 Aug 1944 15 Aug 1947
Joint War Plans Commission:
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
attached Lieutenant Colonel Washington, D.C. 15 Jul 1945 01 Sep 1946
Princeton University Student Lieutenant Colonel Princeton, New Jersey 01 Sep 1947 23 Jun 1950
Joint Advanced Study Commission:
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Army Member Lieutenant Colonel Washington, D.C. 24 Jun 1950 1950
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE):
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel;
Camp des Loges, Paris, France 1950 1954
San Francisco Engineers district Chief Colonel Washington, D.C. 00 Jul 1954 00 Oct 1964
White House Office of the Staff Secretary:
White House Office:
Executive Office of the President of the United States
Defense Liaison Officer & Staff Secretary Colonel;
Brigadier General
Washington, D.C. 00 Oct 1954 1961
3rd Infantry Division 3rd Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander - Brigadier General Germany 1961 1961
8th Infantry Division 8th Infantry Division Commanding General - Major General Germany 00 Apr 1961 00 Oct 1962
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff - Lieutenant General Washington, D.C. 1964 1966
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Director of the Joint Staff - Lieutenant General Washington, D.C. 1966 1967
National War College:
National Defense University
Commandant - Lieutenant General Washington, D.C. 00 Jul 1967 00 Jun 1968
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) Deputy Commander - Lieutenant General Vietnam 03 Jul 1968 00 Apr 1969
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe United States European Command (EUCOM) /
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE):
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
5th Commander-in-Chief /
6th Supreme Allied Commander Europe
- General Mons, Belgium 01 Jul 1969 15 Dec 1974
United States Army Career (Retired on Active Duty)
USMA Patch United States Military Academy 51st Superintendent - Lieutenant General West Point, New York 13 Jun 1977 30 Jun 1981
Civilian Career
Institute for Defense Analyses President - General (Ret.) Alexandria, Virginia 1983 1985
American Battle Monuments Commission 5th Chairman - General (Ret.) 00 Mar 1985 1990

Dates of RankEdit

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Distinguished Service Cross Distinguished Service Cross
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (3 Oakleaf) Distinguished Service Medal
(three oak leaf clusters)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit (1 Oakleaf) Legion of Merit
(one oak leaf cluster)
Purple Heart (1 Oakleaf) Purple Heart
(one oak leaf cluster)
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation
Non-Military Decorations
Presidential Medal of Freedom Presidential Medal of Freedom
Service/Campaign Medals
American Defense Service Medal (Foreign Service Star) American Defense Service Medal
("Foreign Service" clasp)
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 stars) European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
(two bronze service stars)
World War II Victory Medal World War I Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal
("Germany" clasp)
National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star) National Defense Service Medal
(one bronze service star)
Vietnam Service Medal (3SS) Vietnam Service Medal
(three bronze service stars)
Combat/Special Skill Badges
Parachutist Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
Identification Badges
Presidential Service Badge
Presidential Service Badge
(presumably awarded)
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia -
Former Wartime Service patch
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) Overseas Service Bar (?)
Foreign Personal Decorations
Order of Leopold (Knight) Belgian Order of Leopold unknown class
Cross of War 1940-1945 Belgian Cross of War
Order of Orange-Nassau Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau unknown class
Germany Order of Merit unknown class
War Merit Cross (Italy) Italian War Merit Cross
Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg Order of the Oak Crown Officer
National Order of Vietnam (Knight) Vietnamese National Order unknown class
Armed Forces Honor Medal (Vietnam) Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st class
Foreign Service Awards
Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnamese Campaign Medal "1960-" bar


World War II (08 Dec 1941 - 02 Sept 1945)

Korean War (07 Jul 1950 - 27 Jul 1953)

Vietnam War (01 Jan 1961; 07 Aug 1964 - 30 Apr 1975)




Name Relation Lifespan Notes
Immediate Family
Extended Family


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