O'Daniel, John Wilson, Sr., LTG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1954-1955, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
Service Years
1916 - 1955

Infantry

Lieutenant General



Fourteen Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Delaware
Delaware
Year of Birth
1894
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Newark, Delaware
Last Address
San Diego, California

Date of Passing
Mar 27, 1975
 
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section A-E, Grave 1172

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US Army Retired (Pre-2007)


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Last Known Activity
Lt. Gen. John W. O'Daniel commanded the US Army, Pacific from September 1952 to April 1954. A veteran of both world wars and Korea, the most famous soldier he commanded was Audie Murphy. Commissioned in 1917 through the Reserve Officers Training Camp into the Infantry, he graduated that same year from the University of Delaware.

During World War I, O'Daniel took part in the offensives of Meuse-Argonne and St. Mihiel where he was wounded in action. During World War II, he took command of the 168th Infantry in North Africa which captured Algiers. In 1943 he served as deputy commander for the 3rd Infantry Division that landed in Sicily. In 1944 he commanded the 3rd Division in Italy. He led that same division in Germany where it broke through the Siegfried Line, crossed the Rhine, and captured Munich and Nuremburg. German Field Marshal Kesselring, who surrendered to him, said that the 3rd Division was "the best we faced." Gen. O'Daniel lost his son, a paratrooper, over Holland in 1944.

After the war, O'Daniel was named Military Attache to the Soviet Union in 1948. In 1951 he commanded I Corps in Korea before taking the Hawaiian command. His final assignment before retirement was Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group for Indo-China. After withdrawal of French forces there, he helped train the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).

Among Gen. O'Daniel's awards are the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. He died on 27 March 1975. 

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
11th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment24th Infantry Regiment3rd ArmyAmphibious Training Command
5th Army (Fifth Army)3rd Infantry DivisionInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAI Corps
US Army Pacific (USARPAC)MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
  1917-1919, 11th Infantry Regiment
  1919-1924, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1928-1930, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment
  1931-1933, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1933-1934, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment
  1941-1941, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
  1941-1942, 3rd Army
  1942-1942, Amphibious Training Command
  1942-1943, 5th Army (Fifth Army)
  1943-1944, 3rd Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 3rd Infantry Division
  1945-1948, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1951-1952, I Corps
  1952-1954, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
  1954-1955, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1917 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-1917)
  1918-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Delaware
  1912-1917, University of Delaware
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