Clyde D. Eddleman
|Clyde D. Eddleman|
General Clyde D. Eddleman
|Born||January 17, 1902
|Died||August 19, 1992(aged 90)|
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1924-1962|
|Commands held||U.S. Army Europe
4th Infantry Division
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Legion of Merit
|Other work||Vice President, Universal Match Corporation
Board of Directors, Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association
Clyde Davis Eddleman (January 17, 1902 – August 19, 1992) was a United States Army four-star general who served as Commander, U.S. Army Europe from 1959 to 1960, and as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1960 to 1962.
Eddleman was born on January 17, 1902 in Orange, Texas. He graduated from Lake Charles High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1919. In 1924 he graduated from the United States Military Academy, receiving his commission in the Infantry.
Eddleman went to Australia with General Walter Krueger in early 1943 as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, and remained there until 1945. He participated in all of Sixth United States Army's campaigns, including the occupation of Japan. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his activities in the Leyte and Luzon Campaigns, and the Silver Star for reconnaissance under fire at Biak, Leyte, and Manila. He was promoted to Brigadier General at the Leyte beachhead.
Because of his familiarity with joint operations, he was selected by General Douglas MacArthur to become a member of the Joint Operations Review Board from January to June 1946. He was then selected to be the first Deputy Commandant of the Armed Forces Staff College. He was chairman of the faculty board and Director of Instruction of the school for the first four classes.
Eddleman arrived in Trieste in June 1949 to become Deputy Commander of Trieste United States Troops (TRUST), and Director General, Civil Affairs, Allied Military Government. He remained in this assignment for over a year.
In November 1950 he was recalled to Washington to become Chief of Plans Division, G-3, and later G-3 of the Army. He remained in that position until 1954. In May of that year, he assumed command of the 4th Infantry Division, at the time headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. In May 1955, he was reassigned as Commandant of the Army War College, staying in that position only four months until he was moved to Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations and Operations Deputy for Joint Chiefs of Staff activities. He then assumed command of the Seventh United States Army in Germany on July 1, 1958. Nine months later he was promoted to four star rank and assigned as Commander-in-Chief, United States Army, Europe, and remained there until November 1, 1960, when he became Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. He filled this position until his retirement on March 31, 1962.
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit
- Bronze Star
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
- World War Two Victory Medal
- Army of Occupation Medal
- National Defense Service Medal with star
- Philippine Distinguished Service Star
- Philippine Liberation Medal
After retiring from the Army, he was a Vice President of Universal Match Corporation for four years, later becoming Director and Corporate Representative. He also was on the Board of Directors of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association from 1962 to 1980, when he was elected Chairman of the Board, a position he filled until 1982. Eddleman died on August 19, 1992, survived by his wife, Lorraine Heath Eddleman (1904–1999), and one son, John Heath Eddleman. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Henry I. Hodes
|Commanding General of the Seventh United States Army
May 1, 1956 to April 1, 1959
Bruce C. Clarke
Henry I. Hodes
|Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe
April 1, 1959 to October 20, 1960
Bruce C. Clarke
Gen. George Decker
|Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1960 – 1962
Gen. Barksdale Hamlett