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George Samuel Blanchard
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1920
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: May 3, 2006
Alexandria City
Virginia, USA

US Army General. After graduating from Eastern High School in 1938, he attended American University in Washington DC for two years before enlisting in the Army National Guard and served in the Coast Artillery, rising to the rank of sergeant. He received a National Guard appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with a second lieutenant's commission in the infantry. He was sent to Europe and served in the 70th and 78th Infantry Division during World War II. He remained in Europe after the war and served on the general staff of US Forces, European Theater, and returned to the US to attend the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Public Administration in 1949. During the 1950s he served in various positions including as an assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Omar Bradley, a tactics instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia, and as a military advisor in Taiwan. In 1959, he was promoted to colonel and became the commander of the 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 503rd Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, and also served as the G-3 (Operations) of 1st Corps in Korea. He was sent to Vietnam in 1966, serving as the assistant division commander, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), and later served as the chief of staff, 1st Field Force. After completing his tour in Vietnam, he returned to the United States, Washington DC, and served as the director of special warfare, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations; Director of Plans, Programs, and Budget for two major Army General Staff organizations and also served as the executive officer to two Secretaries of the Army. In 1970, he took command of the 82nd Airborne Division, after which he was sent to Europe where he became the commander of 7th Corps and subsequently US Army in Europe, as the Army was beginning to transition to an all-volunteer force. While on this tour he instituted the Sergeant Morales competition in 1973, to improve the morale and performance of the noncommissioned officer corps. He was also noted for his attempts to combat alcoholism in the Army, including banning discount drinks during happy hour in the post clubs, prohibiting unit drinking contests, and opening the first alcoholism treatment center in Europe for officers and senior enlisted soldiers. He was promoted to the rank of general on 1 July 1975 and became the commander in chief, US Army Europe, and commander, Central Army Group, serving in those positions until he retired in 1979 with 35 years of continuous active military service in the US Army. His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. He also received the Aviator and Airborne Badges. His military education included the Infantry Office Advanced Course, Basic Airborne Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. After his military retirement, he moved to McLean, Virginia, and established General Analysis, Inc., a defense consulting firm. He was also a member of the Atlantic Council Board, the Army Science Board, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and served as president of both the Retired Officers Association and the United Service Organization in the 1980s. In 2001, the Association of Graduates, the US Military Academy alumni organization, selected him as the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award. He died of pneumonia. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: SECTION 30 SITE 938-C
Created by: John Michael
Record added: Jan 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24198201
George Samuel Blanchard
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George Samuel Blanchard
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Thank you sir for your service to our country through World War II and beyond. May you rest in peace.
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