Laurin Lyman Williams

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Laurin Lyman Williams
Laurin L. Williams.jpg
Williams as a colonel commanding the 405th Infantry Regiment
Born October 3, 1895 (1895-10-03)
Spokane, Washington
Died September 10, 1975 (1975-09-11) (aged 79)
San Diego, California
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1917–1957
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 405th Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Purple Heart

Laurin Lyman Williams was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. He was prominent during his service as the Comptroller of the Army in the late 1950s.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born on October 3, 1895, Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Yale University in 1917 and received a commission as a second lieutenant of Infantry through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.[1][2]

Early military career[edit]

As a junior officer Williams carried out assignments at posts throughout the United States, including Camp Fremont, California and Camp Lee, Virginia. In 1921 he graduated from the Infantry School Basic Course.[3][4][5]

In the mid-1920s Williams served in China with the 15th Infantry Regiment. He also served as an R.O.T.C. instructor at the University of Washington.[6][7][8][9]

Williams graduated from the Tank School Regular Course in 1930. In 1935 he was assigned to Plattsburgh Barracks, New York. In 1939 he completed the Command & General Staff College. In 1940 Williams was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was then assigned to the Training and Operations Office, G-3, at the War Department General Staff.[10][11][12][13]

World War II[edit]

During World War II Williams served in Europe, first as commander of the 102nd Infantry Division’s 405th Infantry Regiment, and later as assistant division commander of the 29th Infantry Division.[14][15]

Post World War II[edit]

After World War II Williams served the Intelligence Group of the Army's European Command.[16]

Korean War[edit]

General Williams served as comptroller of the U.S. Army’s Far East Command from 1949 to 1952.[17][18][19][20]

Post Korean War[edit]

From 1953 to 1954 Williams served as Assistant Comptroller of the Army.[21][22]

General Williams served as Comptroller of the Army from 1955 to 1957.[23][24][25]

In early 1957 Williams was assigned to the Sixth United States Army at the Presidio, where he served until his retirement in June of that year.[26][27]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Williams received the Distinguished Service Medal. He was also a recipient of the Silver Star. In addition, he was presented the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart.[28][29][30][31]

Retirement and death[edit]

In retirement General Williams resided in La Jolla, California. He died in San Diego, California on January 6, 1975.[32][33][34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World War I Draft Registration Card, Laurin Lyman Williams
  2. ^ Alumni Directory of Yale University Living Graduates & Non-Graduates, published by the university, 1926, page 193
  3. ^ U.S. Army directory, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1918, page 96
  4. ^ U.S. Army Directory, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1919, page 171
  5. ^ Official U.S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1956, page 914
  6. ^ Official U.S. Army , published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1925, page 131
  7. ^ Infantry Journal, Volume 27, 1925, page 157
  8. ^ The United States 15th Infantry Regiment in China, 1912-1938, by Alfred E. Cornebise, 2004, page 157
  9. ^ Alumni Directory of Yale University Living Graduates & Non-Graduates, published by the University, 1926, page 193
  10. ^ Official U. S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General,1935, page 341
  11. ^ Official U.S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1957, page 928
  12. ^ Newspaper article, Major, Family Arrive at Fort, San Antonio Express, August 14, 1939
  13. ^ Newspaper article, Stress 'Toughness' in Army Training, New York Times, June 18, 1943
  14. ^ 102nd Infantry Division, World War II commanders and staff, United States Army Center of Military History
  15. ^ 29th Infantry Division: a Short History of a Fighting Division, by Joseph H. Ewing, 1992, page 64
  16. ^ Secret Agenda, by Lynda Hunt, 1991, footnote, page 61
  17. ^ Newspaper article, Senate Oks 14 for Promotion: Four in Far East, Pacific Stars and Stripes, July 21, 1949
  18. ^ Newspaper article, Preliminary Work Group organized, Pacific Stars and Stripes, March 4, 1952
  19. ^ Newspaper article, McMorland Reassigned to EC, United Press International, published in Pacific Stars and Stripes, June 21, 1952
  20. ^ Newspaper article, Williams, Far East, UNC Comptroller, Reassigned, Pacific Stars and Stripes, August 12, 1952
  21. ^ Newspaper article, Eisenhower Promoted 25 Generals, Pacific Stars and Stripes, October 4, 1954
  22. ^ Newspaper column, On This Date In, Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator, May 15, 2004
  23. ^ Newspaper article, Ike Nominates Two, Associated Press, published in Pacific Stars and Stripes, February 18, 1955
  24. ^ The U.S. Government Manual, published by U.S. Office of the Federal Register, 1957, page 140
  25. ^ Principal Officials of the War Department and Department of the Army, 1900-1963
  26. ^ Newspaper article, Williams to Join Sixth Army, Stars and Stripes, May 10, 1957
  27. ^ Newspaper article, Maj. Gen. Lawton Up for Promotion, Pacific Stars and Stripes, May 12, 1957
  28. ^ Military Times, hall of Valor, Alphabetical List of Recipients of Major U.S. Military Awards
  29. ^ Official U.S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1956, page 914
  30. ^ Official U.S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1957, page 928
  31. ^ Official U. S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General,1962
  32. ^ Newspaper article, obituary, Marjorie Williams, Pasadena Star-News, February 17, 1959
  33. ^ California Death Index, 1940-1997
  34. ^ Social Security Death Index