Gen. William B. Rosson

William B. Rosson

Gen. William B. Rosson commanded the US Army, Pacific from October 1970 to January 1973. He was commissioned in 1940 through ROTC and saw action in World War II, earning the Distinguished Service Cross for his valor on the Anzio Beachhead in Italy. He also fought in North Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany.

Rosson obtained his bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. After retirement from the military he earned a Master of Letters degree in International Relations from Oxford University in England. His military schooling includes the US Army War College and the National War College.

Major command experience for Rosson includes Commanding General for Task Force Oregon (Provisional), Commanding General for I Field Force, and Commanding General, Provisional Corps, for the US Military Assistance Command in Vietnam. Later he was Deputy Commander for the same command. Rosson concluded his career as Commander in Chief of the US Southern Command in Quarry Heights, Panama Canal Zone.

Additional assignments include serving in Gen. Eisenhower's NATO headquarters in Paris, and duty with the French Forces in Vietnam in 1954. Because of this experience, he was valuable to Gen. Westmoreland as Chief of Staff for the US Military Assistance Command in Vietnam. Rosson also served as Director of the Plans and Policy Directorate, J5, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest decoration for valor, Gen. Rosson's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. He died on 12 December 2004. 



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