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|Birth name||Calvin Augustine Hoffman Waller|
December 17, 1937|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||May 9, 1996
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Buried||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.|
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1959–1991|
8th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
24th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
|Commands held||I Corps|
|Battles/wars||Persian Gulf War
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Army Commendation Medal
|Other work||RKK Limited
ICF Kaiser Environmental and Energy
Calvin Augustine Hoffman Waller (December 17, 1937 – May 9, 1996) was a United States Army officer.
Early life and education
Waller was born to an African American family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on December 17, 1937. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1959 with a bachelor's degree and from Shippensburg College of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in public administration in 1978.
Waller spent 32 years in the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. Waller held a variety of staff and command positions which included: Chief of Staff, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Commanding General, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army.
Persian Gulf War
Fort Lewis and retirement
Position on "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
Waller was vehemently opposed to allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces. During the 1993 U.S. Senate hearings on allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the United States military, Waller vigorously opposed it. He declared that "to compare [his] service in American's armed forces with the integration of avowed homosexuals is personally offensive."
Later life and death
After retiring from the military, Waller moved to Denver, Colorado and served as the president and chief executive officer of an environmental technology company, RKK Limited. He then became the senior vice president for the Department of Energy Programs for the ICF Kaiser Environmental and Energy Group. In July 1995, Waller became the Kaiser-Hill vice president for site operations and integration at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site.
Waller died in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 1996, at the age of 58, due to complications from a heart attack. Upon learning of his death, U.S. President Bill Clinton said, "His rise from humble beginnings to one of the highest-ranking African American officers in the U.S. military through stalwart determination and a record of excellence served as an inspiration to minority and non-minority officers." Clinton also cited Waller's reputation as a "skillful and disciplined professional and a caring, enthusiastic commander."
Awards and decorations
|Combat Infantryman Badge|
|Master Parachutist Badge|
|Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Vietnam Parachutist Badge|
|77th Armored Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Bronze Star with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Vietnam Service Medal with two service stars|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon|
|Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, 1st class|
|France Legion of Honour (degree unknown)|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
Waller's civic awards include the Martin Luther King Jr. "Buffalo Soldier" Award from the Congress of Racial Equality, the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award from the NAACP and the "Star of Texas" award from the state of Texas.
- Associated Press (May 10, 1996). "Calvin Waller, Gulf War General, Dies -- Served As Commanding General At Fort Lewis". Seattle Times. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
-  (The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics), Gross and James Woods, editors, Accessed December 1, 2008