Harkins, Paul Donal, GEN

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00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1964, 00GC, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
Service Years
1929 - 1964



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Home Town
Last Address
Dallas, TX

Date of Passing
Aug 21, 1984
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
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Plot: Section IX, Row A, Grave 053

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  Gen. Paul Harkins was born on 15 May 1904 in Boston, Massachusetts. After enlisting in the Massachusetts National Guard, he gained appointment to West Point and graduated from the academy in 1929. During World War II he served on Gen. Patton's staff in all campaigns, and in 1962 President Kennedy appointed him as Commander of US Forces in Vietnam. In 1960 Harkins served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief, US Army, Pacific.

     Harkins' other significant assignments included Commandant of Cadets at West Point in the late 1940's; Chief, Plans Division G3, Department of the Army in 1951; Chief of Staff, Eighth Army at the close of the Korean War; Commander of the 45th and later the 24th Infantry Divisions; and Commander of NATO's Allied Land Forces in Izmir, Turkey from 1957-1960.

     Harkins retired in 1964 and four years later worked for Twentieth Century Fox as a military advisor for the movie Patton. He became an accomplished painter and authored When the Third Cracked Europe, about the Third Army's route during World War II.

     Among Harkins' many awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He died on 21 August 1984.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd ArmyUnited States Military Academy West Point (Staff)Department of the Army (DA)8th Army
45th Infantry Division24th Infantry DivisionUS Army Pacific (USARPAC)Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1942-1945, 3rd Army
  1948-1951, 00GC, Office of the Commanding General, United States Military Academy
  1951-1953, 00G3, Department of the Army (DA)
  1953-1954, 8th Army
  1954-1955, 00GC, 45th Infantry Division
  1955-1956, 00GC, 24th Infantry Division
  1960-1962, 00GD, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
  1962-1964, 00GC, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
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United States Military Academy
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