Isaac D. White
|General Isaac D. White|
Portrait of Isaac D. White
|Birth name||Isaac Davis White|
|Born||March 6, 1901|
|Died||June 11, 1990(aged 89)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1923–1961|
|Commands held||2nd Armored Division
Fourth United States Army
Eighth United States Army
U.S. Army, Pacific
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
|Other work||Military science author|
Isaac Davis White (March 6, 1901 – June 11, 1990) commanded the U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC) from July 1957 to March 1961. He gained his commission into the Cavalry in 1923 and went on to serve in World War II and the Korean War. Because of his extensive experience in tank warfare, Armor magazine dubbed him "Mr. Armor" upon his retirement.
White graduated with a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in 1922. He subsequently earned a Master of Military Science from Norwich in 1951. In 1958 the University of Maryland, College Park awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Military Science. His military education included the National War College.
Most of White's career was spent as a troop commander. His major commands include Commanding General of the 2nd Armored Division in Europe, 1945, and Commanding General of the U.S. Constabulary for the European Command. In the latter stages of the Korean War, he served as Commanding General of X Corps, followed by Commanding General of the Fourth Army in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Prior to becoming Commanding General for the US Army, Pacific, White served as Commanding General for the Eighth Army in Korea.
Additional assignments for White include Commandant of the Cavalry School and Commandant for the Ground General School in Fort Riley, Kansas. He later served as Deputy Commanding General for the Seventh Army and Chief of Staff for First Army Headquarters, Governors Island, New York. He also served as Commandant for the Armored School. After retirement, White received recognition as a visionary, strategic military thinker with the publication of his book, Alternative to Armageddon—the Peace Potential of Lightning War. Published in 1970, he advocated a quick strike capability for US forces as an alternative to a nuclear exchange or a war of attrition, as the nation was experiencing in Vietnam at the time.
Awards and decorations
General White's numerous awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, and multiple decorations from other nations including Korea, France, Belgium, Russia, Mexico, and Japan.
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit
- Bronze Star
- World War II Victory Medal
- Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars
- Papers of Isaac D. White, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
- usarpac.army.mil: Isaac D. White