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MG Keith Lincoln Ware
Birth: Nov. 23, 1915
Denver
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1968
Binh Phuoc, Vietnam

US Army Major General, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. A highly decorated combat veteran of World War II, he became the first US Army general officer to die in the Viet Nam War. He was drafted into the US Army in July 1941 prior to the US entry into World War II and sent to Officer Candidate School in 1942, emerging a platoon leader stationed at Fort Ord, California. He was sent to the European Theater of Operations during World War II serving in the Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy campaigns, before being transferred to Northern France. By December 1944 he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, commanding the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, serving with Audie Murphy, who ended up being the most decorated US World War II combat soldier. On December 26, 1944, his infantry battalion was attacking a heavily fortified German hilltop position in Northern France. Finding one of the assault companies stalled and digging in under heavy fire, he went forward past their position and made a close reconnaissance of the German positions, deliberately drawing their fire in order to determine their location. After two hours, he returned to the company and brought back a small force of 11 men and a tank, in order to renew the attack. He led the advance on the enemy and personally assaulted four enemy machine-gun positions that enabled the tank to destroy. He was wounded and five of the eleven soldiers of his group were killed attacking enemy hill positions before the hill was secured. In April 1945 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. After the end of World War II he remained in the US Army, becoming a career soldier, and one of the first former draftees to reach general officer rank. He attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1945 and from 1947 until 1951 he served at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. He was then assigned to the US Army District of Washington until 1955 when he attended the Armed Forces Staff College (now Joint Forces Staff College) at Norfolk, Virginia. From 1955 to 1957 he was assigned to the US Army Forces 9th Corps, returning to the US Army Military District of Washington in 1958. In 1961 he was assigned to the Armor Training Center at Fort Hood, Texas and in 1963 he was assigned to the Department of the Army/Office of the Army Chief of Public Affairs. In July 1966, he was promoted to the rank of major general and volunteered for service in South Viet Nam, arriving there shortly before the outbreak of the Tet Offensive in early 1968, serving as the deputy commander of the 2nd Field Force. He was sent to Saigon immediately after the start of the Tet attacks, assuming control of the American forces in the area, forming Task Force Ware. After several days of heavy fighting, the situation stabilized and the task force was dispersed, and he was assigned to command the 1st Infantry Division in March 1968. On September 13, 1968, with elements of the division closely engaged near Loc Ninh, South Viet Nam, near the Cambodian border, he made several low passes over the fighting in a helicopter in order to better command his units when, heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire brought down the helicopter and he, along with his command staff, and the four helicopter crew were killed. He was 52 years old. At the time of his death he had served 27 years in the US Army. Other than the Medal of Honor, his military and foreign awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross (posthumously), the Distinguished Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with 2 oak leaf clusters, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with arrowhead device and 2 gold service stars, the American Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 gold star, the Viet Nam Service Medal with 2 gold stars, the Army Presidential Unit Citation with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, the Viet Nam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and the French Croix de Guerre with 1 gold star. The US Army's annual Awards for Journalism are named in his honor. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "Commanding the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, attacking a strongly held enemy position on a hill near Sigolsheim, France, on 26 December 1944, found that 1 of his assault companies had been stopped and forced to dig in by a concentration of enemy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire. The company had suffered casualties in attempting to take the hill. Realizing that his men must be inspired to new courage, Lt. Col. Ware went forward 150 yards beyond the most forward elements of his command, and for 2 hours reconnoitered the enemy positions, deliberately drawing fire upon himself which caused the enemy to disclose his dispositions. Returning to his company, he armed himself with an automatic rifle and boldly advanced upon the enemy, followed by 2 officers, 9 enlisted men, and a tank. Approaching an enemy machinegun, Lt. Col. Ware shot 2 German riflemen and fired tracers into the emplacement, indicating its position to his tank, which promptly knocked the gun out of action. Lt. Col. Ware turned his attention to a second machinegun, killing 2 of its supporting riflemen and forcing the others to surrender. The tank destroyed the gun. Having expended the ammunition for the automatic rifle, Lt. Col. Ware took up an M-1 rifle, killed a German rifleman, and fired upon a third machinegun 50 yards away. His tank silenced the gun. Upon his approach to a fourth machinegun, its supporting riflemen surrendered and his tank disposed of the gun. During this action Lt. Col. Ware's small assault group was fully engaged in attacking enemy positions that were not receiving his direct and personal attention. Five of his party of 11 were casualties and Lt. Col. Ware was wounded but refused medical attention until this important hill position was cleared of the enemy and securely occupied by his command." (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 30, Lot 258-3
 
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Record added: Sep 11, 2001
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