Lt. Gen. Blackshear M. Bryan, Jr
Lt. Gen. Blackshear M. Bryan commanded the US Army, Pacific from July 1956 to July 1957. After attending Virginia Military Institute, he graduated from the US Military Academy in 1922 with a commission into the Artillery. He later graduated from the Army War College.
At the outbreak of World War II, Bryan was chief of the Policy Section for the War Department General Staff. In early 1942 he was assigned as Chief of the Aliens Division for the Provost Marshal General's Office, where he served for the remainder of the war. After serving in the Canal Zone from 1948-1951, he took command of the 24th Infantry Division in Korea at the request of his mentor, Gen. Matthew Ridgway, despite not having any combat experience.
After a year in Korea, Bryan served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Far East Command in Tokyo before commanding the XVI Corps in Japan. He then participated on the military armistice commission of the United Nations Command Component that concluded hostilities in Korea in 1953. After commanding the I Corps in Korea, he served as superintendent of the US Military Academy for two years before his Hawaiian command.
Bryan then served as Commanding General, First Army, in Governor's Island, New York. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of the British Empire, and the Air Medal for meritorious service on aerial flights while serving in Korea. He died on 2 March 1977.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks