Ware, Keith Lincoln, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1941 - 1968

Infantry

Major General



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Denver

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 055

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Infantry Shoulder Cord Belgian Fourragere Army Staff Identification Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961




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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry DivisionCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident CourseArmy Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
IX CorpsInfantry Training Replacement Center, Fort Hood, TXDepartment of the Army (DA)US Army Vietnam (USARV)
1st Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 1542, 3rd Infantry Division
  1945-1945, 1542, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1951-1955, 2025, Army Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)
  1955-1955, 5505, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1955-1957, IX Corps
  1958-1960, Army Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)
  1961-1964, Infantry Training Replacement Center, Fort Hood, TX
  1963-1964, 5505, Office of the Army Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA)
  1965-1967, Department of the Army (DA)
  1967-1968, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1968-1968, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/The Colmar Pocket1
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 29, 2008, Keith L. Ware Awards for Journalism
  Mar 09, 2014, General Photos2
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Last Known Activity

MG WARE
was awarded the Medal of Honor in April, 1945 for actions on December 26, 1944 while Battalion Commander, 1/15, 3d ID.


KEITH LINCOLN WARE
Lieutenant Colonel
United States Army

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

Commanding the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, attacking a strongly held enemy position on a hill near Sigolsheim, France, on 26 December 1944, found that 1 of his assault companies had been stopped and forced to dig in by a concentration of enemy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire. The company had suffered casualties in attempting to take the hill. Realizing that his men must be inspired to new courage, Lt. Col. Ware went forward 150 yards beyond the most forward elements of his command, and for 2 hours reconnoitered the enemy positions, deliberately drawing fire upon himself which caused the enemy to disclose his dispositions. Returning to his company, he armed himself with an automatic rifle and boldly advanced upon the enemy, followed by 2 officers, 9 enlisted men, and a tank. Approaching an enemy machinegun, Lt. Col. Ware shot 2 German riflemen and fired tracers into the emplacement, indicating its position to his tank, which promptly knocked the gun out of action. Lt. Col. Ware turned his attention to a second machinegun, killing 2 of its supporting riflemen and forcing the others to surrender. The tank destroyed the gun. Having expended the ammunition for the automatic rifle, Lt. Col. Ware took up an Ml rifle, killed a German rifleman, and fired upon a third machinegun 50 yards away. His tank silenced the gun. Upon his approach to a fourth machinegun, its supporting riflemen surrendered and his tank disposed of the gun. During this action Lt. Col. Ware's small assault group was fully engaged in attacking enemy positions that were not receiving his direct and personal attention. Five of his party of 11 were casualties and Lt. Col. Ware was wounded but refused medical attention until this important hill position was cleared of the enemy and securely occupied by his command.



The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Keith Lincoln Ware, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division.

Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date action: 12 & 13 September 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Keith Lincoln Ware, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division. Major General Ware distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 12 and 13 September 1968 as the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division during an operation in the vicinity of Loc Ninh. Elements of the division became heavily engaged with a reinforced North Vietnamese regiment. Although he knew the enemy was utilizing anti-aircraft weapons in the area, General Ware repeatedly directed his helicopter commander to fly at a minimum altitude so he could more effectively direct and coordinate his infantry units' fierce fight. On numerous occasions his ship received fire from the communists' anti-aircraft emplacements, but General Ware continued his low level flights, which gave him maximum control of his troops and the best observation of the North Vietnamese deployment. He was killed when the enemy fusillade directed at his craft hit the ship, causing it to crash and burn. General Ware's personal courage and leadership inspired his beleaguered men to ultimately gain a total victory over the aggressors. Major General Ware's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority:

By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1918.

   
Comments/Citation
Bronze Star Medal added to profile 3/25/10 upon further research.

BRONZE STAR MEDAL – WWII VETERANS

After General Omar Bradley became Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, he let it beknown that he felt combat infantrymen and combat medics of WWII deservedsomething more than a simple “job well done.” As a result, U.S. Army regulationswere changed so that combat infantrymen and combat medics from WWII who hadbeen awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge – (CIB) or the Combat Medic Badge (CMB) and served between December 7, 1941 and September 3, 1945 were also eligible for the Bronze Star Medal.

   
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