Guy S. Meloy, Jr.

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Guy S. Meloy, Jr.
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General Guy S. Meloy, Jr.
Born (1903-09-04)September 4, 1903
Lanham, Maryland
Died December 14, 1964(1964-12-14) (aged 61)
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1927–1963
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held United Nations Command, Korea
U.S. Forces Korea
Eighth Army
Fifth Army
VII Corps
1st Infantry Division
Infantry School
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

General Guy Stanley Meloy, Jr. (1903–1964) was a U.S. Army general, World War II and Korean War veteran, and served as commander of all U.S. forces in Korea during the Cold War.

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Meloy was born in Lanham, Maryland on September 4, 1903. After graduating from McKinley Technology High School in Washington D.C., he was appointed to the United States Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in 1927 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry.

One of his early assignments was with the first tank destroyer battalion to be organized in the United States Army. He followed this assignment by attending the British Army's anti-tank school, and upon his return to the U.S. was assigned to Camp Hood (later Fort Hood) as one of the first five officers at the now defunct Tank Destroyer Center. During World War II he served in Europe as chief of staff of the 103rd Infantry Division, and was chief of staff of the Airborne Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

From 1946 to 1948 he was professor of military science and tactics at Texas A&M University. He next served as commander of the 19th Infantry Regiment(United States) of the 24th Infantry Division at Camp Chickamauga in Beppu, Kyushu, Japan. He deployed to the Korean War, where as a high-ranking officer he was seriously wounded. Later he commanded the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, and the 1st Infantry Division in Europe, where he oversaw the unit's redeployment to Fort Riley. He was the Chief of Public Information at the Department of the Army and later commanded Fifth United States Army at Fort Sam Houston in 1958 and then served as the commander of VII Corps in Europe. He received his fourth star in 1961 and became the commander-in-chief of the United Nations Command, Korea, commander United States Forces Korea, commanding general of Eighth United States Army and commanding general of the Seventh United States Army in Stuttgart Headquarter - West Germany. On November 12, 1960 he married there Therese Susan, widowed Maverick Grave, born Fischer from San Antonio, Texas.

He retired at the age of 60 in 1963, and died on December 14, 1964.[1] He is buried with his wife Catherine, who preceded him in death in 1959.

In retirement, he served as mayor of Terrell Hills, Texas, and was active in the San Antonio chapter of the Association of the United States Army, which established a scholarship in his name in 1970. His son, Guy S. Meloy III, retired from the U.S. Army as a Major General.[2]

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