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Creighton Williams Abrams , Jr.

Date of birth: September 15, 1914
Date of death: September 4, 1974
Burial location: Arlington, VA
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Springfield
Home of record: Feeding Hills Massachusetts

Creighton Abrams graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1936. From 1964 to 1967 he served as the 10th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. From October 12, 1972 to September 4, 1974, he served as the 26th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He retired as a U.S. Army General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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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 the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944. On that date, two of Colonel Abrams' tank companies were out-flanked and seriously disorganized by an armored attack of superior forces. Quickly and accurately estimating the situation, Colonel Abrams unhesitatingly attacked the enemy force with his command tank, striking with such ferocity that the enemy was thrown into a state of confusion and his own forces were able to regroup. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams then daringly led his reorganized companies in a frontal assault which resulted in the complete rout of the enemy and the capture of a valuable position with a considerable amount of enemy supplies. His rapid and heroic action, undertaken with great initiative and brilliant leadership, was largely responsible for the successful action and was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Third Army, General Orders No. 92 (November 18, 1944)

Action Date: September 20, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 37th Tank Battalion

Division: 4th Armored Division

Distinguished Service Cross

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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 Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1944. On that date Colonel Abrams he led his battle-weary battalion in an assault on a heavily defended town. When the advance was held up by a concealed enemy anti-tank gun, Lieutenant Colonel Abrams went forward in his command tank and destroyed the gun; his example inspiring his men to press on and take the town. Then, heedless of approaching darkness and strong enemy defenses, he brilliantly led his battalion on to a further objective. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 43 (1945)

Action Date: 26-Dec-44

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 37th Tank Battalion

Division: 4th Armored Division

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America has presented the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility from 1968 to 1972.

Action Date: 1968 - 1972

Service: Army

Rank: General

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America has presented a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), 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 of the United States Army from 12 October 1972 to 4 September 1974.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: October 12, 1972 - September 4, 1974

Service: Army

Rank: 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 the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, during the period from August 1964 to February 1967.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 6 (February 14, 1967)

Action Date: August 1964 - February 1967

Service: Army

Rank: 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 General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Deputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from February 1967 to April 1967.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 23 (May 29, 1967)

Action Date: February 1967 - April 1967

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Deputy Commander

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

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 Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Deputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from May 1967 to December 1967.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (April 8, 1968)

Action Date: May 1967 - December 1967

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Deputy Commander

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

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 Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from January 1968 through October 1968.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 80 (December 16, 1968)

Action Date: January 1968 - October 1968

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Commander

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, was awarded a Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 12 October 1972 to 4 September 1974.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: October 12, 1972 - September 4, 1974

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chief of Staff

Division: U.S. Army

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), 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 Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 12 October 1972 to 4 September 1974.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: October 12, 1972 - September 4, 1974

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chief of Staff

Division: U.S. Army

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action in World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 4th Armored Division, General Orders No. 37 (1944)

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 37th Tank Battalion

Division: 4th Armored Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action in World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 4th Armored Division, General Orders No. 16 (1945)

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 37th Tank Battalion

Division: 4th Armored Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), 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 Commanding Officer, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, from 1942 to 1945.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1942 - 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 37th Tank Battalion

Division: 4th Armored Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Armor) Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (ASN: 0-20296), 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 as Chief of Staff, FIRST Corps; Chief of Staff, NINTH Corps, and Chief of Staff, TENTH Corps, from 1953 to 1954.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1953 - 1954

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Chief of Staff

Division: I, IX & X Corps