July 7, 2014

General Glenn K. Otis


 General Glenn K. Otis
1929-2013
Battle Dress Uniform & Field Jacket

General Otis enlisted in the United States Army in 1946, serving in Korea with the 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division.  He then entered the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1953.  Otis went to Germany in 1955 as a platoon leader with Company B, 371st Armored Infantry Battalion.  After several years in Germany, he returned to the United States as an instructor at West Point.  Otis became Executive Officer of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry in Korea in 1963.  In 1967, he took command of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam.  It was in this role that Otis earned the Distinguished Service Cross for actions on January 31, 1968, while defending the Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Tet Offensive.  He became Commander of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division in Germany in 1971 and later Chief of Staff of the 3rd Armored Division.  After various assignments in the United States, Otis was made Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division in Germany in 1978.  In 1983, he became Commander in Chief, United States Army Europe.  After more than 35 years of military service, Otis retired in 1988.


General Otis and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger at Hohenfels Near Nurenberg in West Germany