Easley, Claudius Miller, BG

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 96th Infantry Division
Service Years
1911 - 1945


Brigadier General

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Thorp Spring

Casualty Date
Jun 19, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec. 2, Site 311 EH

 Official Badges 

Army Staff Identification Infantry Shoulder Cord Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Distinguished Rifleman BadgeDistinguished Pistol Shot BadgeArmy Excellence in Competition Rifle

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 37th Infantry RegimentInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA1st Battalion, 31st Infantry 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Command and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseArmy War College (Staff)US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
US Army Marksmanship UnitDepartment of the Army (DA)325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)96th Infantry Division
  1917-1919, 1st Battalion, 37th Infantry Regiment
  1919-1919, Troop Command, Infantry Center
  1920-1922, HHC, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
  1924-1926, HHC, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
  1926-1928, HHC, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry
  1926-1928, USAG Presidio of San Francisco
  1928-1930, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1930-1934, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1934-1936, Army War College (Staff)
  1936-1938, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  1937-1939, US Army Marksmanship Unit
  1940-1942, Department of the Army (DA)
  1942-1942, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry
  1942-1945, 96th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1911-1919 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Leyte
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle of Okinawa
 Colleges Attended 
Texas A&M University
  1912-1916, Texas A&M University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Claudius Miller ("Speck") Easley was born at Thorp Spring, Texas, on July 11, 1891, the eldest son of Claudia Miller and Alexander Campbell Easley. At the age of four he moved with his family to Waco, Texas, where he grew up and was graduated from Waco High School in 1911. While in highschool he enlisted in the Texas National Guard and began a career in rifle-marksmanship by competing in the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1910. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on his 21st birthday.

He worked his way through the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, and was graduated in 1916 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. 

Upon graduation he went at once into active service with the Texas National Guard on the Mexican border until he was commissioned in the Regular Army in 1917. It was while serving on the border that he met his future wife, Inez Wickline of Woodville, Texas. They were married in 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri, and had one son, Claudius M. Easley, Jr.

Inez Wickline Easley was born at Village Mills, Texas on November 14, 1895, the younger daughter of Annie Vilular Collier and Henry Hutchinson Wickline. Soon after her birth her family moved to nearby Woodville where she grew up, was graduated from Tyler County High School, earned her State Teaching Certificate, and taught in the high school. She also worked in her father’s bank.

Between World Wars I and II, General Easley was a member of the first Basic Class of the newly established Infantry School in 1919 and, over the years, also was graduated from the Advanced Course of the Infantry School, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He served with the 37th U.S. Infantry Regiment on the Mexican border and at Fort Wayne, Michigan, the 31st in Manila, Philippine Islands, the 4th at Fort George Wright, Washington, and the 30th at the Presidio of San Francisco, California. He was an instructor in the Weapons Section of the Infantry School 1930-1934, commander of the Los Angeles District of the Civilian Conservation Corps 1936-1938, and captain of the Infantry Rifle and Pistol Teams in 1937, ‘38, and ‘39. He had one tour of duty on the War Department General Staff 1940-1942.

Soon after the United States’ entry into World War II, General Easley took command of the 325th Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Infantry Division. He left that unit to become the Assistant Division Commander of the 96th Infantry Division at the time of its activation in August, 1942, at Camp Adair, Oregon. The division gained the connotation of the "Deadeyes" because of the high level of marksmanship it achieved through the training directed by General Easley. Meanwhile, Mrs. Easley was contributing many hours per week as a Red Cross volunteer and in canteens where she helped with refreshments and played the piano for songfests. General Easley went overseas to the Pacific Theater of Operations with the division in the summer of 1944, and Mrs. Easley returned to her permanent residence in Washington, D.C.

"For Exceptionally meritorious conduct" General Easley was awarded the Legion of Merit at the close of the Leyte campaign during which he had been wounded by sniper fire and awarded the Purple Heart. On May 8, 1945, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on Okinawa Island. On June 19, 1945, he was killed in action while directing fire on the last enemy positions on the island. Reburial services were held in Arlington National Cemetery on February 23, 1949.

On April 21, 1946, his college awarded General Easley, posthumously, the degree of Doctor of Laws. Mrs. Easley went to College Station to receive the degree which was presented by General of the Army Eisenhower.

On March 26, 1951, the Infantry School named EASLEY RANGE in honor of General Easley’s contributions to the development and improvement of small arms marksmanship.

Inez Easley died on June 24, 1979, in Washington, D.C., and was laid to rest beside her husband.

NOTE: The General's son, Claudius Miller Easley, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on 29 Decembe 2006.


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Brigadier General Claudius Easley showing the correct form. He gave the 96th Division its name, "the Deadeyes." He was later killed in the battle of Okinawa. Photo courtesty of Benton County Historical Society & Museum.  Picture contributed by a member of the divison, Don Dencker

CM Easley Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, March 2006

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