Command Sgt. Maj. William G. Bainbridge
U.S. Army Pacific
Command Sergeant Major William Bainbridge was born in 1925 in Galesburg, Illinois. A World War II veteran, the Germans captured him during the Battle of the Bulge and he spent the rest of the war in a prison camp. Subsequently, Bainbridge served as Command Sergeant Major for the US Army, Pacific from 1969-1972 as the Vietnam War wound to a close.
In addition to his World War II service, Bainbridge served in the Army Reserve prior to the Korean War during which he returned to active duty. Promoted to sergeant major in 1963, he later deployed to Vietnam. Other significant duty assignments include Command Sergeant Major of the Infantry Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1966-1967; Command Sergeant Major for First US Army, Fort Meade, Maryland from 1968-1969; Command Sergeant Major of the then-new Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas from 1972-1975. Finally in 1975, the Army Chief of Staff, General Fred Weyand, selected Bainbridge to be the fifth Sergeant Major of the Army, from which he retired in 1979.
Bainbridge’s many decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. Bainbridge died in November of 2008 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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