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George Samuel Blanchard

Date of birth: April 3, 1920
Date of death: May 3, 2006
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: D.C., Washington
Home of record: Alexandria Virginia

George Blanchard graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1944. He retired as a U.S. Army General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General George Samuel Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, as Assistant Division Commander, 1st Cavalry Division, during the period from September 1966 to August 1967.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 18 (April 24, 1968)

Action Date: September 1966 - August 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General George Samuel Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff, I Field Force Vietnam, during the period from September 1967 through July 1968.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 57 (October 17, 1968)

Action Date: September 1967 - July 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General George S. Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commanding General, VII Corps, from 1973 to 1975.

Action Date: 1973 - 1975

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General George S. Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, was awarded a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Forces Europe, from 1975 to 1979.

Action Date: 1975 - 1979

Service: Army

Rank: General

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Infantry) George S. Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (1945)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company C

Regiment: 274th Infantry Regiment

Division: 70th Infantry Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) George Samuel Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 3 March 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. While leading forward elements of his company in attack over wooded hills, Captain Blanchard noted that 200 yards of open terrain had to be crossed under enemy observation from three directions. He led a small party, rather than expose his whole company through two mined fields under severe artillery, mortar, and small arms fire. From buildings on the opposite side he directed rocket shells on the enemy positions and so reduced the hostile forces that his company was able to advance with a minimum of casualties. Captain Blanchard's gallant leadership and tactical proficiency were responsible for his company's success.

General Orders: Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 34 (April 30, 1945)

Action Date: March 3, 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company C

Regiment: 274th Infantry Regiment

Division: 70th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Colonel George S. Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from October 1962 to May 1964.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 8 (March 9, 1965)

Action Date: October 1962 - May 1964

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Legion of Merit

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel George S. Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from 1964 to 1966.

Action Date: 1964 - 1966

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General George S. Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff, 1st Field Force, Vietnam, from 1966 to 1968.

Action Date: 1966 - 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General George Samuel Blanchard (ASN: 0-26737), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Republic of Vietnam.

Action Date: 1966

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Division: 1st Cavalry Division