Gen. George H. Decker
Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific
Gen. George Decker was born 16 February 1902 in Catskill, New York. He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1924 with a degree in economics. A World War II veteran, he served with the Sixth Army in the Southwest Pacific. After the war, Gen. Decker became Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff for the US Forces, Middle Pacific, in Hawaii from 1946-1948.
Decker's other significant duty assignments include commanding the 5th Infantry Division in 1948; Comptroller of the Army from 1952-1955; Commanding General of VII Corps in Germany in 1956; Deputy Commander-in-Chief for the US European Command from 1956-1957; Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command from 1957-1959; and Commanding General, US Forces, Korea and Eighth Army. Most significantly, Decker was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the Army in 1959, becoming Chief of Staff of the Army in 1960. He retired on 30 September 1962.
Among Decker's awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. He died on 6 February 1980.
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