Willard G. Wyman
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|Willard G. Wyman|
|Born||March 21, 1898
Augusta, Maine, United States
|Died||March 29, 1969
Washington, D.C., United States
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1919–1959|
|Unit|| Coastal Artillery Branch
|Commands held||71st Infantry Division
Allied Land Forces South-Eastern Europe
Continental Army Command
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with "V" device
Wyman was born in Augusta, Maine. He entered the United States Military Academy in 1917, after the American entry into World War I, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Coastal Artillery Branch, and later transferred to the Cavalry Branch of the United States Army. He attended the U.S. Army Cavalry School, the U.S. Army Signal School at Fort Gordon and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School. He later served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Cavalry School and on the General Staff of the War Department.
During World War II he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff of IX Corps, and later in 1942 as Deputy Chief of Staff of the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. From 1942 to 1943 Deputy Chief of Staff Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) before being assigned as Assistant Division Commander (ADC) of the 1st Infantry Division. He took command of the 71st Infantry Division from 1944 to 1945.
During the Korean War he commanded the IX Corps, and after that assignment served as Commander in Chief, Allied Land Forces South-Eastern Europe (NATO) from 1952 to 1954, followed by command of Sixth United States Army from 1954 to 1955. His final assignment was Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) U.S. Continental Command. He retired from the army in 1958.
Awards and decorations
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star with "V" device.
- Distinguished Service Cross
- Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit
- Bronze Star with "V" Device
He died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on March 29, 1969, aged 71, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Ethel Megginson Wyman (1896–1986) is buried next to him.
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