Lt. Gen. Stanley R. "Swede" Larsen
Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific

Lt. Gen. Stanley R. 'Swede' Larsen

     Lt. Gen. Stanley R. "Swede" Larsen was a native of Hawaii. He graduated from the Punahou School and the U.S. Military Academy. In World War II, he served with the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Division, going from company commander of a heavy weapons company to regimental commander. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star.

     After serving as an instructor at the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia, from January to June 1946, he was transferred to the War Department public relations department in Washington, DC. In June 1947, Larsen was assigned as chief of the pictorial section of the public information division and in 1948 became an assistant secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. In September 1949, he became aide-de-camp to Gen. J. Lawton Collins, chief of staff of the Army.

     Larsen took command of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, and in October 1952 became deputy chief of staff and later chief of staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps. In April 1956, Larsen became assistant division commander of the 10th Infantry Division in Germany.

     He served as assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School, and later deputy chief of staff for plans and operations for the 8th U.S Army, Korea. In October 1960, he assumed command of the U.S. Army Training Center. He then took command of the XXI U.S. Army Corps.

     In Europe, Larsen was commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division and later was deputy chief of staff for operations, U.S. Army, Europe. In 1965, Larsen commanded all U.S. forces in Central Vietnam. From 1965-67, he commanded the I Field Force to the U.S. Continental Army Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. He later served as commanding general, 6th U.S. Army, Presidio of San Francisco. In August 1971, he became deputy commander in chief and chief of staff of the U.S. Army, Pacific, at Fort Shafter. He served in that position until 1972. Gen. Larsen died on November 1, 2000.


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