Farrell, Francis William, LTG

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Lieutenant General
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00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1960, 00GC, HQ, 7th Army
Service Years
1920 - 1960


Lieutenant General

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Arlington, VA

Date of Passing
Jan 01, 1981
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Francis William Farrell

Lieutenant General

United States Army

Farrell was born on May 28, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1920.

Initially assigned to the Infantry branch, Farrell graduated from the Infantry Officer Course in 1921.  He then served in several Infantry assignments, including postings to Hawaii and China. In 1928 Farrell transferred to the Field Artillery branch. He completed the Field Artillery Officer Course in 1928.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s Farrell was an instructor at West Point.

Farrell graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1939.

From 1942 to 1944 Farrell served in the US and the Pacific as chief of staff of the 11th Airborne Division. He commanded the 11th Airborne Division Artillery from 1944 to 1946.

After World War II, Farrell served in Europe as commander of the 13th Airborne Division Artillery.

In mid-1946 Farrell was named chief of staff of the 82nd Airborne Division. He served in this assignment for only a few months before being appointed as chief of the Air Branch at Army Ground Forces, where he remained from late 1946 until 1948. Farrell was named director of the Technical Training Group at Sandia Missile Base, New Mexico in 1948.

From 1950 to 1951 Farrell was commander of the Korean Military Advisory Group, responsible for training and logistical support to the fledgling South Korean Army.

In 1952 Farrell was assigned as deputy assistant chief of staff for operations on the Army Staff, serving until 1953.

Farrell commanded the 82nd Airborne Division from 1953 to 1955.

 In 1955 he was assigned as special assistant for national security affairs, advising the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Farrell was named to command the U.S. V Corps in 1957, serving until 1959. In 1959 Farrell was assigned as commander of the Seventh United States Army, remaining in this post until he reached retirement age in 1960.

General Farrell retired in 1960. His awards and decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star, and two Air Medals.

After retiring from the Army, Farrell was appointed as New York State’s Civil Defense Director, serving from 1961 to 1963.

In retirement Farrell resided in Arlington, Virginia, where he died in January, 1981.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolU.S. ArmyUnited States Military Academy West Point (Staff-USMA)Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
Field Artillery Center & School (Staff)11th Airborne DivisionDivision Artillery (DIVARTY) 11th Airborne Division13th Airborne Division
82nd Airborne DivisionArmy Ground ForcesArmy Garrison, Sandia Base, NMDepartment of the Army (DA)
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)V CorpsHQ, 7th Army
  1920-1921, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1928-1928, Field Artillery Officers' Advance Course
  1929-1933, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff-USMA)
  1938-1939, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1939-1943, 2520, Field Artillery Center & School (Staff)
  1943-1944, 2010, 11th Airborne Division
  1944-1946, 00GC, Division Artillery (DIVARTY) 11th Airborne Division
  1946-1946, 00GC, 13th Airborne Division
  1946-1946, 2010, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1946-1948, 00GC, Army Ground Forces
  1948-1950, 2025, Army Garrison, Sandia Base, NM
  1952-1953, 00G3, DA/Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (DCSOPS)
  1953-1955, 00GC, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1955-1957, 2015, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1957-1959, 00GC, V Corps
  1959-1960, 00GC, HQ, 7th Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Leyte
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Raid at Los Banos
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1916-1920, United States Military Academy
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