January 14, 2020

Lieutenant General Robert E. Gray

 
Lieutenant General Robert E. Gray
1941-2011
Class B Uniform

General Gray enlisted in the US Army in 1961, later graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Computer and Information Science. He received a commission in 1966 after completing the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School at Fort Gordon. Gray’s first posting was as communications officer for the 56th Field Artillery Group (Pershing) in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany. He joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Vietnam as a brigade communications officer in 1969. Gray was with the Defense Intelligence Agency beginning in 1973 as Plans and Operations Officer of the Computer Security Branch. He then became Executive Officer for the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne). In 1980 Gray took command of the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. He next commanded the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. Gray was made commander of the US Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon in 1991. He went on to become the first African-American to be made Chief of the US Army Signal Corps. Before retirement in 1997, Gray was serving as Deputy Commander in Chief for United States Army Europe.

August 4, 2019

Major General Bryant E. Moore


Major General Bryant E. Moore
1894-1951
Dress Blue Uniform

General Moore graduated from West Point in 1917 and was assigned to the 15th Infantry Regiment at Tientsin, China in 1919. He returned stateside in 1921 with the 59th Infantry Regiment at Vancouver Barracks, Washington and became an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy in 1924. Moore was then posted to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in 1933 with the 35th Infantry Regiment. He went to Australia in January of 1942 with a task force to occupy New Caledonia, this would become the Americal Division. Moore took command of the 164th Infantry Regiment in the Pacific in September. He was then assigned to the 104th Infantry Division and accompanied them to Europe in 1944, assuming command of the division in February of 1945. Later that year, Moore took command of the 88th Infantry Division in Italy. In 1947 he became commander of the Trieste United States Troops, Free Territory of Trieste, and successfully kept Tito at bay. Moore was appointed Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy in 1949. He transferred to the Far East Command in January of 1951 and became commander of the IX Corps in Korea. On February 24, 1951, Moore was conducting an aerial survey of fords along the Han River when his helicopter crashed. He walked away from the crash, suffering a minor leg injury, but was unconscious within hours. It is believed that a blood clot formed, causing a thrombosis, which took Moore’s life. His body was returned to the United States and interred at West Point. 


 Lt. Bryant E. Moore, 1917

  Brig. Gen. Bryant E. Moore, 1945

February 25, 2019

Lieutenant General John W. Carpenter, III


Lieutenant General John W. Carpenter, III
1916-1996
Informal White Uniform

General Carpenter was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and graduated from high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He studied engineering at Oklahoma A&M and Mississippi State College before entering the U.S. Military Academy in 1935. After graduation in 1939, Carpenter attended Air Corps flying schools at Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Randolph and Kelly fields in Texas. Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, he participated in the first mass flight of B-17s from Hamilton Field, California, to Hickam Field, Hawaii. Carpenter went with the 19th Bombardment Group as a navigator to the Philippine Islands in October of 1941. After the Japanese attack on Clark Field, he took command of the ground echelon of the 19th Bombardment Group at Bataan. Carpenter was evacuated to Java by submarine where he continued to fly combat missions until returning to the United States in December of 1942. After WWII, he became vice commander of the Thirteenth Air Force in the Philippine Islands. Carpenter transferred to headquarters of Air Research and Development Command (ARDC) in 1951. He became assistant vice commander of ARDC in 1957 and went on to take command of the Air Force Flight Test Center two years later. In 1965, Carpenter became commander of Air University. He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Air Force in 1968 as deputy chief of staff for personnel. Before retiring in 1970, Carpenter was serving as assistant vice chief of staff for the U.S. Air Force with the additional duty of serving as senior Air Force member on the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations.


January 31, 2019

Major General William P. McBride


Major General William P. McBride
1916-1996
OG-107 Uniform – In-Country Tailored

General McBride entered military service in December 1941 as an aviation cadet. He served in the Mediterranean and European Theaters during World War II, flying 146 combat missions. McBride first served with the 33rd Fighter Group in North Africa and later was commander of the 371st Fighter Group. He remained in Europe with the Army of Occupation as commander of the 36th Fighter Group at Rothwesten, Germany. McBride returned to the United States in 1946 as commander of the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Field. In 1950 he was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic as a staff officer and spent six weeks about the USS Albemarie in the Caribbean. During the Korean War, McBride was first assigned to the 502nd Tactical Control Group in 1950. He then assumed command of the 35th Fighter Group and remained in Korea as commander of the 18th Fighter Group. After being wounded over North Korea, McBride returned to duty as Chief of Combat Operations for the Fifth Air Force. He was sent to Turkey in 1954 as director of operations of the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force. McBride became deputy commander of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing in Germany in 1961, later becoming commander of the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was made commander of Task Force A, Pacific Air Forces in 1967. Before retiring in 1973, McBride was serving as deputy chief of staff for operations of the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base.


 General McBride in 1968

June 5, 2018

Brigadier General Richard C. Freeman


Brigadier General Richard C. Freeman
1928-2014
Flight Coveralls

General Freeman, a native of Ralston, Oklahoma, attended Cameron University. In the early 1950s, he entered pilot training at Houston, Texas. Freeman was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1955 and assigned to the 125th Fighter Squadron in Tulsa. He remained with the squadron as they transitioned to the 125th Military Airlift Squadron under the 138th Air Transport Wing in 1960. Freeman was promoted to Major the following year and flew transport missions to Southeast Asia. In 1965 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was commanding the 125th Military Airlift Squadron by 1969. The 138th Air Transport Wing was transferred to the Tactical Air Command in 1973 and the 125th was re-designated the 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron; Freeman continued as Squadron Commander. He was named Assistant Adjutant General for Air in 1979 as a Colonel. Freeman was promoted to Brigadier General in late 1980; resigning shortly thereafter to become a Republican candidate for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District.

 

August 22, 2017

Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV


Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV
1968-
Army Combat Uniform

General Richardson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1991. He was first assigned as a Tank Platoon Leader with the 1st Armored Division, becoming Battalion Motor Officer of the 4th Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment in Friedberg, Germany. Richardson was then posted to the 1st Infantry Division as Adjutant and later Headquarters Company Commander for the 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment at Fort Riley. His next assignment was with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as Squadron Operations Officer, first deploying to Iraq in 2003. Richardson deployed to Iraq a second time in 2005 as Aide-de-Camp to General Martin Dempsey, who was serving as the Commanding General of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. In 2007, Richardson was posted as Squadron Commander of the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, deploying to Iraq again. He took command of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in 2011, overseeing the conversion of the Brave Rifles from an Armored Cavalry Regiment to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Before becoming Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division, Richardson served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff.

 
Lt. Col. Richardson, 2011

July 1, 2017

Major General Richard Collins


Major General Richard Collins
1904-1987
White Mess Jacket

General Collins graduated from Harvard in 1926 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Reserve. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard in 1930, practicing medicine until called to active duty in December of 1940. Collins was first assigned to Fort Sill as a gunnery instructor, becoming executive officer of the artillery of the 87th Infantry Division. In 1943, he was assigned to the Intelligence Division of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces in England. Collins was responsible for the preparation of basic intelligence on terrain and enemy defenses in advance of the invasion of France. He would be awarded the Legion of Merit, the Order of the British Empire, the French Croix de Guerre, the Belgian Order of Leopold, and Croix de Guerre for his service in this role. After serving in the Office of Military Governor for Germany, Collins returned to the United States in 1946. He was ordered to Japan in 1953 as Assistant Chief of Staff, US Army Forces Far East Command. Collins was then assigned as Deputy Director for Intelligence of the Joint Staff in 1956, advancing to Director in 1961. He was serving as Commandant of the US Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland, before his retirement in 1964.


  General Collins congratulating Captain Billy L. Smith for winning three trophies in the Far East Command Officer's Bowling League, 1956.

General Collins addressing the National Quartermaster Conference, 1958.