April 12, 2015

Brigadier General Otwa T. Autry

Brigadier General Otwa T. Autry
Service Dress Uniform & Dress Blue Uniform

Autry enlisted as a private in the Motor Transport Company, 179th Infantry Regiment of the Oklahoma National Guard in 1924.  Upon graduation from Phillips University at Enid in 1933, he was commissioned a second lieutenant with the 189th Field Artillery Regiment.  Autry was made a captain in 1939 and assumed command of Battery F.  After being inducted into Federal service with the 45th Infantry Division on September 16, 1940, he was promoted to major the following year and made Executive Officer of the 189th Field Artillery.  During WWII, Autry participated in the Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns.  He was again inducted into Federal service on September 1, 1950, and led the 189th Field Artillery in Korea.  Upon returning to the United States in 1952, Autry was placed in command of the Division Artillery of the 45th Infantry Division and promoted to brigadier general.  He remained in that role until his retirement in 1961.

Lt. Autry, c. 1938

Brig. Gen. Autry, c 1952