William B. Caldwell, III

William B. Caldwell, III

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LTG William B. Caldwell, III served 32 years in the Army and retired as the Fifth Army commanding general at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. A combat veteran of wars in Korea and Vietnam, he was awarded the Silver Star on three separate occasions for gallantry and heroism under fire.… Read More


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1941 ? On December 7, 1941, the Caldwells were horror-struck as they heard the roar of Japanese planes attack Pearl Harbor and witnessed a Japanese plane strafe an officer running down their street. … Read More
Commissioned as second lieutenant in the infantry in 1948, he attended ground general school at Fort Riley, Kansas and the Infantry School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. … Read More
Caldwell's regiment was among the first U.S. forces committed to combat in Korea in July 1950. … Read More
After the Chinese reinforced North Korea, American forces were pushed back. On February 3, 1951, Captain Caldwell led "L" Company, 19th Infantry Regiment to secure the approaches to the Han River. … Read More
1954 ? After the Korean War, he served in a variety of command staff positions in the United States and Europe. In 1954, Major Caldwell served as Operations Officer for the 1st Infantry Division in Germany and in Fort Riley, Kansas. … Read More
1960 ? He served at West Point twice during his career. First, as a tactical officer in 1960 and again as the commander of the Second Regiment of the U.S. Cadet Corps in 1968–69. … Read More
Five months after the birth of his last child, the newly appointed Colonel Caldwell reported for duty in Vietnam from 1967-8 initially as commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
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