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Frederick Carlton Weyand

Date of birth: September 15, 1916
Date of death: February 10, 2010
Burial location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Place of Birth: California, Arbuckle
Home of record: Berkeley California

Frederick Weyand received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of California where he was a graduate. He served in World War II, Korea, and earned the Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam. From 1973 to 1974 he served as the 14th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and from October 3, 1974 to September 30, 1976, he served as the 27th 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 Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major General Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division. Major General Weyand distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 January and 3 February 1967 while serving as Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division. On 8 January, one of his companies became pinned down by intense Viet Cong fire. The unit had lost all radio contact and by nightfall was completely surrounded. Unmindful of the dangers, General Weyand accompanied the first helicopter into the besieged company early the next morning. He quickly organized the evacuation of the dead and wounded, and dauntlessly walked around the treacherous perimeter, comforting the casualties and encouraging the beleaguered defenders. His personal presence on the battlefield was a source of boundless inspiration and enabled his men to hold out until relief arrived. On 3 February, while flying over War Zone C, his pilot monitored a radio transmission stating that two vehicles and ten men were lost in hostile territory. The interrogation patrol had accidentally strayed into the Viet Cong infested terrain and all attempts to reach them by radio had failed. Realizing the urgency of the situation, General Weyand began a meticulous search of the area until he spotted the two vehicles heading deeper into hostile territory. Despite the threat of mines and numerous insurgents in the area, he ordered his pilot to land the aircraft. With complete disregard for his safety, General Weyand then jumped from the helicopter, flagged down the errant patrol and turned it around. As the vehicles headed back, he called for covering artillery fire and had his command ship fly low level escort until the patrol reached friendly lines. His singular courage and aggressive determination during both situations were responsible for saving the endangered lives of his men. Major General Weyand's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 804 (February 24, 1967)

Action Date: January 8 & February 3, 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Headquarters

Division: 25th Infantry Division

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 Lieutenant General Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), 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 March 1967. [This award supersedes award of the Legion of Merit (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) presented to General Weyand as an interim award by Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam, General Orders Number 797, dated 24 February 1967.]

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

Action Date: August 1964 - March 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant 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 Major General Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), 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 May 1967 through July 1968.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 50 (September 26, 1968)

Action Date: May 1967 - July 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Major 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 Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility.

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 Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility

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 Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility.

Service: Army

Rank: General

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving in Korea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 213 (1951)

Action Date: Korean War

Service: Army

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), 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.

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Cold War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Colonel (Infantry) Frederick Carlton Weyand (ASN: 0-33736), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from 19 July 1954 to 15 July 1957.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 45 (August 28, 1957)

Action Date: July 19, 1954 - July 15, 1957

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel