John J. Yeosock

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John J. Yeosock
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Born(1937-03-18)March 18, 1937
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 15, 2012(2012-02-15) (aged 74)
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1959–1992
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldThird United States Army
1st Cavalry Division
Battles/warsVietnam War
Gulf War
AwardsArmy 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.

Early life[edit]

John J. Yeosock was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,[1] 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.


Ground troop movements 24–28 February 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.

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.[2] 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.[3] He is survived by his wife Betta (née Hoffner), son John, and daughter Elizabeth J. Funk.[4]


Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and one oak leaf cluster
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Bronze star
Bronze 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


  1. ^ "Lieutenant General John J. Yeosock". Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina: United States Army Central. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Commander Airlifted". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. February 19, 1991. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Wellock, Bill (February 16, 2012). "Three-star general John Yeosock dies in Georgia". The Citizens' Voice. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Godin, Eileen (February 16, 2012). "Plains native son Gen. Yeosock dead at 74". Times Leader. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Retrieved February 16, 2012.[permanent dead link]