Abendroth, William Henry, II, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
National Guard Bureau
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1949, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Service Years
1913 - 1967

National Guard Bureau

Major General

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Abendroth, William Henry, II, MG USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Fort Meade, South Dakota
Last Address
Falls Church, Virginia

Date of Passing
Sep 03, 1970
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 5, Lot 21

 Official Badges 

Army Staff Identification World War I Victory Button World War I Honorable Discharge Chevron Army National Guard Retired

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

US Army General. Nicknamed Harry and the son of career soldier William H. Abendroth, Sr., he joined Idaho's National Guard in 1913 and served in Texas during the Villa Expedition. Abendroth served in France during World War I, and was a First Sergeant at his 1919 discharge. In 1927 he rejoined the National Guard as a Second Lieutenant. Quickly advancing through the ranks, as a Colonel he commanded the 116th Cavalry Regiment immediately before World War II. He also worked in state government, including serving as Idaho's Budget Director. Assigned to the IX Corps Headquarters during World War II, he served successively as Officer Candidate School Commandant, Provost Marshal, and corps headquarters Commandant. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1946 and served briefly as Idaho's Adjutant General with the rank of Brigadier General. From 1947 to 1949 he served on the staff of the Army Chief of Staff. From 1949 until retiring in 1967 he was a Major General and commander of the District of Columbia National Guard, and from 1951 to 1955 he served concurrently as Chief of the National Guard Bureau's Army Division. His awards included the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit. 


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
116th Armored Cavalry Regiment (116th ACR)IX CorpsCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseOffice of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1927-1941, 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment (116th ACR)
  1941-1945, IX Corps
  1945-1946, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1947-1949, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1916-1917 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-1917)
  1917-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
Command and General Staff College
  1946-1947, Command and General Staff College
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