General Frederick C. Weyand
Gen. Frederick C. Weyand was born 15 September 1916 in Arbuckle, California, and commanded the US Army, Pacific from March through August of 1973 when he was selected to serve as Vice Chief of Staff for the Army.
Commissioned in 1938 through ROTC from the University of California, he went on to serve in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II in Gen. Joseph ("Vinegar Joe") Stilwell's headquarters. During the Korean War he commanded an infantry regiment in five battle campaigns. Weyand received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Akron. After graduating from the National War College in 1957, he went on to several major commands, including commander of the 3rd Battle Group, 6th Infantry, in Germany from 1958-1959.
He commanded the 25th Infantry Division ("Tropic Lightning") in Hawaii from 1964-66, and then led the division in Vietnam until 1967. Weyand became Deputy Commanding General, II Field Force, Vietnam in March 1967 and two months later assumed command of the Field Force. From 1968-69 he served as Chief for the Office of Reserve Components in Washington. Weyand served as the Military Advisor to the Chairman, US Delegation, U.S. Embassy, Paris, France (the Paris Peace Talks) from 1969-1970. Prior to his command at Fort Shafter, he served as Deputy Commander and then Commander, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), and oversaw the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam.
Other major duty assignments for Weyand include Chief of Staff for USAREUR in 1960, Chief of Legislative Liaison for the Office of the Secretary of the Army (OSA) from 1962-1964, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development in Washington in 1970.
Weyand assumed duties as the Vice Chief of the US Army in August 1973, and following the death of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Creighton Abrams in 1974, President Ford appointed him as Chief of Staff. He served as Army Chief of Staff until he retired in 1976.
Following his retirement, Weyand lived Honolulu, Hawaii, and became an integral part of the military community. He worked to increase cultural knowledge through the East West Center and the Hawaii Theater. He worked to create a memorial at Schofield Barracks and was active member of Honolulu's Rotary Club, serving as its president in 1992. He participated in the Red Cross, the Shriners and other Masonic organizations and worked with the Asia Pacific Security Center.
General Weyand died 10 February 2010 at age 93.
Among Weyand's awards are the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. After retirement he was presented the prestigious Doughboy Award by the Infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1998.
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