John J. Yeosock
John J. Yeosock
|Born||March 18, 1937|
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 15, 2012 (aged 74)|
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1959–1992|
|Commands held||Third United States Army|
1st Cavalry Division
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)|
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (2)
John John Yeosock (March 18, 1937 – February 15, 2012) was a United States Army lieutenant general who commanded the Third United States Army during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
John J. Yeosock was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on March 18, 1937 and grew up in Plains Township. He studied at the Valley Forge Military Academy where he graduated as valedictorian. Unable to get into West Point due to bad eyesight, Yeosock joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1959. As an armor officer Yeosock served in the Vietnam War. During the 1980s, Yeosock was the head of an American military team sent to help modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard.
Yeosock commanded the 1st Cavalry Division from June 1986 to May 1988. Promoted to lieutenant general, in 1989 he was given command of the Third United States Army. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the Third Army was sent to Saudi Arabia in the buildup of coalition forces protecting the Kingdom during Operation Desert Shield. During the ground phase of the Gulf War, the 3rd Army formed the nucleus of the forces performing the "left hook" against the Iraqi Army. On February 19, 1991, he needed medical evacuation to Germany for emergency surgery, his command temporarily taken over by Lieutenant General Calvin Waller until his return to Saudi Arabia approximately ten days later. Yeosock retired from the army in August 1992.
Yeosock died on February 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Georgia, aged 74, from lung cancer and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Betta (née Hoffner), son John, and daughter Elizabeth J. Funk.
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster|
|Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and one oak leaf cluster|
|Army Meritorious Service Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal with service star|
|Vietnam Service Medal with two campaign stars|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral "2"|
|Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal|
|Legion of Honour|
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