Kerwin Jr., Walter T.

1975 TLS of the WW II artillery officer as Army Vice Chief of Staff during transition to the post-Vietnam War all-volunteer force

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(1917-2008) USMA 1939, 4-star general who served as Commanding General, US Continental Army Command (CG CONARC), 1973; Commanding General, US Army Forces Command (CG FORSCOM) 1973-74; and Army Vice Chief of Staff (VCSA) 1974-78. He was the 1st commander of US Army Forces Command and a member of the Association of the United States Army's Advisory Board of Board of Directors Board of Directors since 1984. After West Point, he was commissioned in the field artillery, assigned to the 3rd Infantry Div. During WW II he fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France. Recognized by his commanders and peers as an innovative artilleryman, he developed a system of massing fires that contributed immeasurably to the success of Allied landings at Anzio Beachhead. In Dec. 1944, while in France, he was wounded and evacuated home, returning to Europe in 1945 and assigned to the Theater Operations Division of the War Department's General Staff. After WW II, he attended the Army War College and the National War College, and served in various assignments, including Plans and Operations Officer at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory; Commander of the 56th Artillery Group, XVIII Airborne Corps; and Deputy Director in the Army's Office of the Chief of Research and Development. As a brigadier general he took command of the 3rd Armored Division Artillery in Hanau, Germany in August 1961. During the 1960s he held various flag officer billets, incl. Chief of Staff, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), Commander, II Field Force, Vietnam, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for Personnel, and Commanding General of the Continental Army Command, later renamed Forces Command. He is heralded as the champion of the "One Army" or "Total Army" concept. This concept, which became a reality under his leadership, recognized the indispensable role of the Army National Guard and US Army Reserve as equal partners with the active Army in executing defense policy and in preparing for war. On Oct. 29, 1974 he became Army Vice Chief of Staff during the transition to an all-volunteer force and post-Vietnam War restructuring. He received many awards, decorations and service awards. After retiring from the army, Kerwin continued to work for the Department of Defense in different capacities and served for 17 years as a consultant for Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin. Having been a member of the Board of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association since 1969, he was its Chairman 1982-1997. He has also been involved with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Field Artillery Association, and the Army Emergency Relief Association. He received the 2003 Distinguished Graduate Award from the Association of Graduates, the West Point alumni organization. TLS “Dutch” on 8 ½ x 7 4-star flag letterhead as General and Army Vice Chief of Staff, Washington, April 23 1975, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College. General Kerwin is pleased to accept Smith’s invitation to address the Army War College class on August 28, and, time permitting, would like to visit some of the seminar groups. DeWITT C. SMITH, JR. (1920-1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the US Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. He was wounded 3 times and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

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