Gen. John K. Waters

John K. Waters

Gen. John K. Waters commanded the US Army, Pacific from March 1964 to August 1966. He gained his commission in 1931 into the Cavalry. A prisoner of war for most of World War II, he was the son-in-law of Gen. George S. Patton.

Waters attended Johns Hopkins University in Maryland for two years before deciding he wanted a military career. He relocated to Illinois in order to obtain an appointment to West Point, from which he graduated. He later attended the Armed Forces Staff College.

In 1942 Waters deployed to North Africa. He was a task force commander in the battle for Kasserine Pass where he was overrun by the German 10th Panzer Division and captured. He was interned in Poland until 1945 when he was wounded during an attempted prisoner relocation. A Serbian physician operated on Waters and saved his life.

Waters returned to duty in 1946 and was promoted to brigadier in 1952 when he deployed to Korea as Chief of Staff for I Corps. His major command assignments include Commanding General for the 4th Armored Division and Commanding General for V Corps, both in Europe, as well as Commanding General for the Fifth Army in Chicago.

Significant other assignments for Waters were as Chief of the American Military Assistance Staff in Yugoslavia from 1955-1957, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Material Developments, Fort Monroe, Virginia. He also commanded the latter unit before taking command in Hawaii. He retired on 31 August 1966.

Major awards for Gen. Waters are the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions leading fellow prisoners, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Korean Service Medal. He died on 9 January 1989. 



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