Maj. Gen. William Lassiter
Maj. Gen. William Lassiter commanded the US Army, Pacific (Hawaiian Department) from 1930 until his retirement in 1931. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1889 with a commission in the Artillery and saw combat in both the Spanish-American War and in World War I.
During the Spanish-American War, Lassiter served with a battery at the attack and capture of Santiago, Cuba, in 1898. Before US involvement in World War I, he was appointed military attaché to the US embassy in London in 1916. During that war he led the 1st Corps artillery during the Aisne-Marne offensive and the 4th Corps during the St. Mihiel offensive.
Before his Hawaiian command, important assignments for Gen. Lassiter included Commander of the Panama Department in 1924, Commander of the 6th Corps headquarters in Chicago, and Commander of the Philippine Department. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal as well as the British Orders of St. Michael and St. George. He died in March of 1959.
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