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 Willard Gordon Wyman

Willard Gordon Wyman

Birth
Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Death 29 Mar 1969 (aged 71)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 30.
Memorial ID 6625208 · View Source
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US Army General. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine prior to being accepted to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York in June 1917 and graduated in November 1918 and entered Coast Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He performed duty as a battery commander at Camp Jackson, South Carolina and back at Fort Monroe before attending Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas and becoming a cavalry instructor at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. In August 1921 he briefly became a infantry instructor at Camp Devens, Massachusetts before being assigned to the 11th Cavalry Regiment at the Presidio, in Monterrey, California where he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. In September 1925 he attended Signal School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey until June 1926 and was assigned to the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. In July 1928 he was assigned as the Assistant Military Attache in Peking, China and learned the Chinese language, and also served with the Chinese 19th Route Army in the defense of Shanghai against Japanese forces in 1932. Returning to the US he was assigned to Fort Meyer, Virginia where he was promoted to the rank of captain and from June 1936 to June 1937 he was a student at the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, followed by an assignment to Fort Riley, Kansas as a tactics instructor for the next three years. In June 1940 he was promoted to the rank of major and assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, serving as an aide-de-camp to Commanding General Kenyon A. Joyce and then as the Assistant Chief of Staff of Army IX Corps. In August 1941 until February 1942 he became the Assistant, Plans Group, War Plans Division in Washington DC, followed by the Deputy Chief of Staff of the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations under General Joseph Stillwell at Chongqing, China until December 1942 when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. From there he became the Deputy Chief of Staff, Allied Forces Headquarters of the European and North African Theaters until July 1943 when he became Assisting Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division and saw action from the Battle of Trochina in Sicily, through the Normandy Invasion, and the Central European campaigns to the Battle of Aachen, Germany. In November 1944 he returned to the US and commanded the 71st Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia until August 1945 when he received leadership assignments to Fort Monroe, Virginia and then to Governors Island, New York, where he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. In January 1951 he was assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency at Langley, Virginia, where he received a promotion to the rank of major general, followed in December 1951 by an assignment as Commander, IX Army Corps, Korea, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. In September 1952 he was assigned as Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Land Forces Southeast Europe at Izmir, Turkey until 1954 when he returned to the US as Commander, 6th Army at San Francisco, California, serving in that position until June 1955 when he became the Commander-in-Chief, US Continental Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He retired from the US Army on 31 July 1958 with a promotion to the rank of general, with 39 years of continued active duty military service. Among his military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star (with "V" device), the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), and the Distinguished Service Cross. He died at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center at the age of 71.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: Bill Heneage
  • Added: 21 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6625208
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willard Gordon Wyman (21 Mar 1898–29 Mar 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6625208, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .