Fair, Robert Leahy, LTG

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Lieutenant General
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Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1975-1976, 00GC, V Corps
Service Years
1942 - 1976
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Cold War Certificate


Lieutenant General

Six Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSG Donald H Patrick, Jr. to remember Fair, Robert Leahy (Old Hardnose), LTG.

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Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Sep 14, 1983
Location of Interment
San Francisco National Cemetery - San Francisco, California
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 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division 2nd Infantry Division 38th Infantry Division US Army Retired

Army Staff Identification Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

Jungle Expert Badge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Vietnamese Fourragere

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Other Comments:
"Lam Nut Bau troi, Rung chuyen Trai Dat" (Crack the Sky, Shake the Earth)
~ Signal to communist forces telling them to commence the greatest battle in the history of Vietnam. The Tet '68 offensive was countrywide and well coordinated, with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 towns and cities. The main offensive was preceded by attacks on the border towns of Tay Ninh, An Loc, and Loc Ninh, which were initiated in order to draw defensive forces from the cities. Col Fair was the commander at Tay Ninh. The enemy was quickly beaten back there.

General Fair was one of the toughest officers I ever ran into. He and I crossed paths three times in our careers. The first time we were assigned together in the 25th Infantry Division - Vietnam.  ...but it was the last time when I had the most interaction with him.

I was assigned to the ACofS Inspector's General Office, when he came on board as the V Corps Commmander. If General Fair believed an officer or enlisted man did not know what they were doing, he had zero tolerance for them. I once saw him dress down and dismiss a Major who was presenting him with a  briefing, a briefing that he believed to be grossly incorrect. Another time he stopped a soldier and engaged him for the lack of a proper haircut. He was quick to make his position on such things known.

Personally, I liked General Fair. He began to make things happen that I had been trying to do for some time. The best of these initatives - he consolidated redundant reports. In one case he consolidated four different ammunition reports. He felt as I did that these extra reports only took away valuable time needed for other purposes at the lower command levels. We both believed the extra reports were being required to help justify positions at the Corps level.

He despertly needed funds to train soldiers with. When they were not forth coming, he began to transfer funds designated for other purposes to fund his training needs. Instructed to stop these funds transfers by the USAREUR Commander, LTG Fair ignored that instruction and continued to march with his plans. After having given him a period of time to cease and correct these money transfers, Gen Blanchard, USAREUR Commander finally relieved him from his command.

Granted the two Generals were not the best of friends because of this and other issues, personal feelings were not really the cause of his relief. Gen Blanchard, would have had a lot of explaining to do to Congress, if he had allowed these transfers of funds to continue. Reallocation of funds in this manner were in the top ten Special Subjects of Interest (SSI) in IG Inspections & investigations. This particular violation, if discovered, was required to be reported by FLASH message traffic directly to Congress.

I salute both of these professional military giants. I consider both to be among my mentors. Gen Blanchard stepped up to bat for me in another matter - but that is another story.  ~ D. Patrick

"Fair's approach won plaudits. Novelist Josiah Bunting (The Lionheads), an ex-major himself, praised Fair's leathery style in a Playboy article last fall, describing the general as "an admirable soldier" who is "always in bristling motion." But other officers, whose palms sweat when Fair raked them over with abrasive questions, disliked him intensely. To some enlisted men, Fair was a ... General Patton."
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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA38th Infantry DivisionV Corps1st Battalion, 6th Infantry
1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)Department of the Army (DA)2nd Armored Division
  1944-1945, HHC, Infantry School, Headquarters Command, Infantry Center, Fort Benning, GA
  1945-1948, 9332, US Army Forces Pacific (AFPAC)
  1950-1952, 38th Infantry Division
  1958-1962, 2162, V Corps
  1964-1968, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry
  1968-1969, 1542, HHC, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1969-1969, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1969-1970, 00G2, Office of the Army Vice Chief of Staff
  1973-1975, 00GC, 2nd Armored Division
  1975-1976, 00GC, V Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyUniversity of Maryland University CollegeGeorge Washington University
  1942-1943, United States Military Academy
  1957-1961, University of Maryland University College
  1961-1963, George Washington University
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