Connor, William Durward, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
7110-Construction Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 7110, United States Department of War
Service Years
1893 - 1942


Major General

Twelve Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Beloit, Wisconsin
Last Address
West Point, New York

Date of Passing
Jun 16, 1960
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 18, Row G, Grave 75

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William Durward Connor (February 22, 1874 - June 16, 1960) was career United States Army officer who became superintendent of the United States Military Academy.

Connor was born in Wisconsin on February 22, 1874. He received an appointment to West Point from Iowa, graduating first in his class in 1897. He received his commission as an engineer.

He began his military career commissioned an officer in the Corps of Engineers upon graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1897. During the Spanish-American War he served in the Philippines as an engineer and was awarded a Silver Star for heroism in combat.

From 1909 to 1916, he was with the War Department General Staff and was promoted to Colonel Deputy Chief of Staff of the American Expeditionary Forces in 1917. In July 1918, World War I, he was promoted Brigadier General of the 32nd Infantry Division and given command of the 63rd Brigade. Later he served as Commanding General of American forces in France from 1918 to 1920. At the Battle of Ch√Ęteau-Thierry he was awarded a second Silver Star. For his World War I service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

After the war, he was the Chief of Transportation Service in 1921, Deputy Chief of Staff US Army, in 1922 and Commanding General of US Army forces in China, 1923 to 1926. He was promoted to Major General in 1926, he was Commanding General of the 2nd Infantry Division and was Commandant of the Army War College from 1927 until 1932. He served as the Superintendent at West Point from 1932 - 1938 and then retired on 28 February 1938.

He was recalled for service during World War II from 1941-1942. He is buried at the West Point Cemetery, section 18, row G, grave 75.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Engineer School (Staff), Fort Leonard WoodArmy War College (Staff)1st Engineer Combat BattalionSouthern Defense Command
3rd Engineer Battalion32nd Infantry DivisionU.S. ArmyUS Army Engineer School Brigade (Staff) Fort Belvoir, VA
Department of the Army (DA)United States Department of WarInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAChina Headquarters Command
2nd Infantry Division
  1900-1901, Engineer School (Staff), Fort Leonard Wood
  1908-1909, Army War College (Staff)
  1909-1912, 1st Engineer Combat Battalion
  1912-1916, Army War College (Staff)
  1916-1916, Southern Defense Command
  1916-1917, 3rd Engineer Battalion
  1917-1917, 32nd Infantry Division
  1917-1918, American Expeditionary Force
  1918-1918, 32nd Infantry Division
  1918-1919, American Expeditionary Force
  1920-1920, US Army Engineer School Brigade (Staff) Fort Belvoir, VA
  1920-1921, Department of the Army (DA)
  1921-1922, United States Department of War
  1922-1922, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1923-1926, China Headquarters Command
  1926-1927, 2nd Infantry Division
  1927-1932, Army War College (Staff)
  1938-1941, Break in Service
  1941-1942, 7110, United States Department of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1899-1902 Philippine - American War
  1918-1918 World War I
  1941-1942 WWII - American Theater
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United States Military Academy
  1893-1897, United States Military Academy
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