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Basic Information
Born March 26, 1914
place/birth Saxon, Spartanburg County,
South Carolina
Died July 18, 2005 (aged 91)
Place/death Charleston, Charleston County,
South Carolina
Cause/death
Buried at West Point Cemetery
Spouse
Alma mater
Nickname
Nationality
Military Info
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years/service

Service # Officer - 20223

In-depth Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Position Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Spartanburg High School Student - - Spartanburg, South Carolina 192? 05 Jun 1931
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Student / Cadet - - Charleston, South Carolina 00 Sep 1931 00 Aug 1932
United States Army Career
United States Military Academy Student - Cadet West Point, New York 01 Jul 1932 12 Jun 1936
18th Field Artillery Battery Officer US Army Infantry Insignia 2nd Lieutenant Fort Sill, Oklahoma 12 Sep 1936 20 Feb 1939
8th Field Artillery Battery Officer US Army Infantry Insignia 2nd Lieutenant
1st Lieutenant
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 06 Mar 1939 00 Feb 1941
9th Infantry Division 34th Field Artillery Battalion,
9th Infantry Division
Operations Officer US Army General Staff Insignia Captain
Major
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 00 May 1941 24 Mar 1942
9th Infantry Division 34th Field Artillery Battalion,
9th Infantry Division
Commanding Officer US Army Infantry Insignia Major
Lieutenant Colonel
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 24 Mar 1942 00 Dec 1942
9th Infantry Division 9th Infantry Division Artillery Executive Officer US Army Infantry Insignia Colonel European Theater 1944 12 Oct 1944
9th Infantry Division 9th Infantry Division Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia Colonel European Theater 12 Oct 1944 11 Jun 1945
9th Infantry Division 60th Infantry,
9th Infantry Division
Commanding Officer US Army Infantry Insignia Colonel European Theater 1945 29 Jan 1946
71st Infantry Division 71st Infantry Division Acting Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia Colonel European Theater 30 Jan 1946 15 Mar 1946
71st Infantry Division 71st Infantry Division Commanding General US Army General Staff Insignia Colonel European Theater 14 Feb 1946 15 Mar 1946
82nd Airborne Division 82nd Airborne Division Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia Colonel Fort Bragg, North Carolina 16 May 1946 21 Jul 1946
Jump School Student US Army Infantry Insignia Colonel Fort Benning, Georgia 27 May 1946 20 Jul 1946
82nd Airborne Division 504th Parachute Infantry,
82nd Airborne Division
Commanding Officer US Army Infantry Insignia Colonel Fort Bragg, North Carolina 21 Jul 1946 01 Aug 1947
82nd Airborne Division 82d Airborne Division Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 13 Aug 1947 15 Jun 1950
Command and General Staff College Instructor US Army Infantry Insignia Lieutenant Colonel
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 01 Aug 1950 07 Oct 1950
Army War College Instructor US Army Infantry Insignia Lieutenant Colonel
Colonel
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
07 Oct 1950 00 Jul 1952
187th Regimental Combat Team 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Commanding Officer - Brigadier General Korea 01 Aug 1952 00 Oct 1953
United States Department of the Army Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, Personnel US Army General Staff Insignia Brigadier General Washington, D.C. 29 Nov 1953 14 Jul 1955
United States Department of the Army Secretary of the General Staff US Army General Staff Insignia Brigadier General
Major General
Washington, D.C. 20 Jul 1955 02 Mar 1958
101st Airborne Division 101st Airborne Division 13th Commanding General - Major General Fort Campbell, Kentucky 02 Apr 1958 00 Jun 1960
USMA Patch United States Military Academy 46th Superintendent - Major General West Point, New York 01 Jul 1960 00 Jul 1963
XVIII US Airborne Corps XVIII Airborne Corps /
Strategic Ready Force
10th Commanding General - Major General
Lieutenant General
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 15 Jul 1963 00 Jan 1964
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Deputy Commander - Lieutenant General Vietnam 27 Jan 1964 20 Jun 1964
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Acting Commander - Lieutenant General Vietnam 20 Jun 1964 01 Jul 1964
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam /
United States Army Vietnam
Commander /
Commanding General
- Lieutenant General
General
Vietnam 01 Jul 1964 00 Jun 1968
United States Department of the Army 25th Chief of Staff US Army General Staff Insignia General Washington, D.C. 03 Jul 1968 30 Jun 1972
Civilian Career

Dates of RankEdit

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Appointment Age Date of Rank Accepted Time Spent in Rank
United States Army
No Insignia Cadet 01 Jul 1932 18
O-1
2nd Lieutenant (US Artillery alternative)
2nd Lieutenant
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
12 Jun 1936 22
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Artillery)
1st Lieutenant
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
12 Jun 1939 25
O-3
Captain (US Artillery)
Captain
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
12 Jun 1946 32
O-4
Major (US Artillery)
Major
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
15 Jul 1948 34
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Artillery)
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
07 Jul 1953 39
O-6
Colonel (US Artillery)
Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
12 Jun 1961 47
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General 01 Feb 1963 48 08 Sep 1962
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General 12 Aug 1965 51 20 May 1963
Retirement 01 Jul 1972 58
Army of the United States
O-3
Captain (US Artillery)
Captain
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
09 Sep 1940 26 02 Oct 1940
O-4
Major (US Artillery)
Major
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
01 Feb 1942 27
O-6
Colonel (US Artillery)
Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
28 Jul 1944 30
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Artillery)
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
30 Jun 1947 33 01 Feb 1942
O-6
Colonel (US Artillery)
Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
29 Jun 1951 37
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General 07 Nov 1952 38
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General 01 Dec 1956 42 03 Mar 1952
O-9
Lieutenant General (USA)
Lieutenant General 31 Jul 1963 49
O-10
General (USA)
General 01 Aug 1964 50

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Army Distinguished Service Medal (3 Oakleaf) Army Distinguished Service Medal three oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit (2 Oakleaf) Legion of Merit two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star (1 Oakleaf) Bronze Star Medal one oak leaf cluster
Air Medal (numeral 9) Air Medal '9' device
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
Service/Campaign Medals
American Defense Service Medal (Foreign Service Star) American Defense Service Medal 'Foreign Service' star
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (7 stars) European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal one silver & two bronze service stars
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star) National Defense Service Medal one bronze service star
Korean Service Medal (2 SS) Korean Service Medal two bronze service stars
Vietnam Service Medal (6SS) Vietnam Service Medal one silver & one bronze service stars
Foreign Personal Decorations
Order of José Miguel Lanza Order of José Miguel Lanza, Grand Officer Flag of Bolivia State of Bolivia
Order of Military Merit (Brazil) (Grand Officer) Order of Military Merit, Grand Officer Flag of Brazil Republic of Brazil
Order of the Cloud and Banner, Grand Cordon Order of the Cloud and Banner, Grand Cordon Flag of China (Taiwan) Republic of China
Order of the Holy Trinity Order of the Holy Trinity, Grand Cross Flag of Ethiopian Empire Republic of Ethiopia
Legion of Honour (Commander) National Order of the Legion of Honour, Commander Flag of the French Republic French Republic
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, palm War Cross with Palm Flag of the French Republic French Republic
KOREAN Order of Military Merit (current) Teaguk Order of Military Merit "Teaguk" Flag of South Korea Republic of Korea
Order of National Security Merit, Tong Il (modern) Order of National Security Merit "Tong Il" Flag of South Korea Republic of Korea
Order of National Security Merit, Gukseon (modern) Order of National Security Merit "Gukseon" Flag of South Korea Republic of Korea
Order of Sikatuna, commander (Philippines) Order of Sikatuna, Commander Flag of the Philippines Republic of the Philippines
Order of the White Elephant, I class Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, Grand Cross Flag of Thailand Kingdom of Thailand
National Order of Vietnam (I Class) National Order of Vietnam, First Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Distinguished Service Order (Vietnam) (Army; 2nd Class) Distinguished Service Order (Army), First Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Distinguished Service Order (Vietnam) (Air Force; 2nd Class) Distinguished Service Order (Air Force), First Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Distinguished Service Order (Vietnam) (Navy; 2nd Class) Distinguished Service Order (Navy), First Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Armed Forces Honor Medal (Vietnam) Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Civil Actions Medal (Vietnam) Civil Actions Medal, Second Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Chuong My Medal (1st Class) Chuong My Medal, First Class Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)(Palm) Gallantry Cross with Palm Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Foreign Unit Awards
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Flag of South Korea Republic of Korea
Civil Actions Unit Citation (Vietnam) Civil Actions Unit Citation Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Non-United States Service Awards
United Nations Korea Medal United Nations Korea Medal Flag of the United Nations2 United Nations
Foreign Service Awards
Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal '1960-' bar Flag of South Vietnam2 Republic of Vietnam
Combat/Special Skill Badges
Combat Infantry Badge
Combat Infantryman Badge
(worn from 1944?)
Army Aviator Badge
Basic Army Aviator Badge
(worn from 1970)
Master Parachutist Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
(worn from: Basic, 1946; Senior, 1950; Master, 1953)
Army Glider Badge
Glider Badge
(worn from 1946)
Identification Badges
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
(worn from 1953)
187th Regimental Combat Team
187th Regimental Combat Team
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Former Wartime Service patch
(worn from 1953)
Foreign Combat/Special Skill Badges
Parachutist Badge (Vietnam)
Parachutist Badge (Republic of Vietnam)
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) Overseas Service Bar

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