October 30, 1888|
Fort Bayard, New Mexico
|Died||September 17, 1967
Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C
|Place of burial||West Point Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1913–1950|
|Commands held||3d Armored Division
9th Armored Division
Seventh United States Army
Third United States Army
|Battles/wars||Pancho Villa Expedition
World War I
World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
Silver Star (2)
Geoffrey Keyes was born on October 30, 1888 in Fort Bayard, New Mexico as a son of U.S. Army officer, Captain Alexander S. B. Keyes and his wife, Virginia Maxwell Keyes. Like his father, Geoffrey Keyes enrolled as a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point on March 2, 1908 and graduated on June 12, 1913 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. His first assignment was with the 6th Cavalry Regiment, where he served until October, 1916 and participated in the Pancho Villa Expedition.
His next assignment was at United States Military Academy at West Point, where he served as an instructor of French language. He was also head football coach for one season in 1917. compiling a record of 7–1.
His interwar service included duty with Panama Canal Division as an Assistant Chief of Staff (G-3), instructor at United States Military Academy at West Point and at Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas and Chief of Supply of Supply Division within War Department. He also graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1926 and the Army War College in 1937.
World War II
In 1940, he was Chief of Staff of the 2nd Armored Division. Keyes became Commanding General of the 3d Armored Division in 1942. From June to September 1942, he commanded the 9th Armored Division before going to North Africa as Deputy Commanding General of the I Armored Corps. From 1943 to 1945, he was Commanding General of II Corps. He commanded the Seventh United States Army from 1945 to 1946 and the Third United States Army from 1946 to 1947. In 1947, Keyes was appointed U.S. High Commissioner on the Allied Council for Austria. He served as Director, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group (WSEG) from 1951 to 1954. Keyes retired in 1954 and died on September 17, 1967 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.. He is interred at West Point.
Lieutenant general Keyes's ribbon bar:
Head coaching record
|Army Cadets (Independent) (1917)|
- AP (September 19, 1967). "GEOFFREY KEYES, COMBAT LEADER; Commanding General of 2d Corps in Italy Dies at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
Wade H. Haislip
|Commanding General of the Seventh United States Army
September 1945 – March 31, 1946
Lucian K. Truscott
|Commanding General of the Third United States Army
1 April 1946 – 10 January 1947
Ernest N. Harmon