Walter K. Wilson Jr.
|Walter King Wilson Jr.|
Lieutenant General Walter K. Wilson Jr.
August 26, 1906|
Fort Barrancas, Florida
|Died||December 6, 1985
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1929–1965|
|Commands held||Chief of Engineers (1961–65)|
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Walter King Wilson Jr. (August 26, 1906 – December 6, 1985), was an officer of the United States Army with the rank of lieutenant general. He is most noted as a Chief of Engineers during 1961–65. He was the son of Major General Walter K. Wilson Sr.
He was born at Fort Barrancas, Florida, the son of artillery officer and World War II Major General Walter K. Wilson Sr. (1880–1954). He graduated from West Point in 1929 and was commissioned in the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Before 1942 he served with troops, continued his military and engineering education, and was an instructor at West Point. From 1942 to 1943, he commanded the 79th Engineer Combat Regiment
From 1943 to 1945, Wilson served as Deputy Engineer-in-Chief with the South East Asia Command at New Delhi, India, and Kandy, Ceylon. He became Commanding General, Advance Section, U.S. Forces, India-Burma Theater, and Chief of Staff of the Chinese Army in India. Later, he commanded Intermediate and Base Sections and consolidated all three, commanding all ground forces remaining in the theater.
He served as Deputy Chief of Engineers for Construction from 1956 to 1960. Wilson was commanding general of the Army Engineer Center and Fort Belvoir and commandant of the Army Engineer School in 1960–61.
Wilson was part of a military family. His younger brother John Newton Wilson (1913–1944) was a lieutenant colonel who was killed in the Battle of Normandy. His son Walter King Wilson III (1937–2008) also served in the Engineer Corps and reached the rank of colonel.
Dates of rank
|June 13, 1929|
|October 1, 1934|
|June 13, 1939|
|Major||October 16, 1941||June 19, 1946|
|Lieutenant Colonel||May 7, 1942||July 15, 1948|
|Colonel||March 4, 1943||
|Brigadier General||February 13, 1945||
|Colonel||May 16, 1946||April 17, 1952|
|Brigadier General||March 16, 1953||April 2, 1957|
|Major General||March 25, 1957||June 22, 1959|
|Lieutenant General||May 19, 1961||
|1st Row||Army Distinguished Service Medal||Legion of Merit w/ Oak Leaf Cluster|
|2nd Row||Soldier's Medal||Army Commendation Medal||American Defense Service Medal with Foreign Service Clasp|
|3rd Row||American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ two Service Stars||European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal|
|4th Row||World War II Victory Medal||National Defense Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster||Officer of the Legion of Honor (France)|
- "Wilson, Walter K. Jr. Engineer Memoirs: Lieutenant General Walter K. Wilson Jr. Publication Number: EP 870-1-8. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/U.S. Government Printing Office, May 1984." (PDF). (10 MB)
This article contains public domain text from "Lieutenant General Walter K. Wilson Jr.". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on June 19, 2005. Retrieved August 22, 2005.
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