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Earle Gilmore Wheeler

Date of birth: January 13, 1908
Date of death: December 18, 1975
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: D.C., Washington
Home of record: Washington D.C.

Earle Wheeler graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1932. He left a teaching position at the Academy to serve in World War II. From October 1, 1962 to July 2, 1964, General Wheeler served as the 23d Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. From July 3, 1964 to July 2, 1970, he served as the 6th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired as a U.S. Army General; in 1970, and died on December 18, 1975. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America has presented the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to General Earle Gilmore Wheeler (ASN: 0-18715), United States Army, for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security and the defense of the United States as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from 3 July 1964 to 2 July 1970.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: July 3, 1964 - July 2, 1970

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chairman

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

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 General Earle Gilmore Wheeler (ASN: 0-18715), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Director, Joint Staff, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the period October 1962 to January 1964.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 7 (March 3, 1964)

Action Date: October 1962 - January 1964

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Director, Joint Staff

Division: Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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 General Earle Gilmore Wheeler (ASN: 0-18715), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from 3 July 1964 to 2 July 1970.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 13 (March 6, 1969)

Action Date: July 3, 1964 - July 2, 1970

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chairman

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Earle Gilmore Wheeler (ASN: 0-18715), United States Army, was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from 3 July 1964 to 2 July 1970.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: July 3, 1964 - July 2, 1970

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chairman

Division: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Earle Gilmore Wheeler (ASN: 0-18715), United States Army, was awarded 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, 63d Infantry Division, from 1943 to 1945.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1943 - 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Chief of Staff

Division: 63d Infantry Division