| Gen. Frederick C. Weyand, USA, Ret., the 27th Army chief of staff and the 2000 recipient of the Association of the United States Army’s highest award – the George Catlett Marshall Medal – died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Kahala Nui retirement residence in Honolulu.
He was 93.
Gen. Frederick C. Weyand
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., said, “With the passing of General Fred Weyand the nation, the State of Hawaii and the Army have lost a true patriot and warrior who devoted himself selflessly in service to his country.
“General Weyand served this nation in uniform and retired status for over 70 years.
“His seven decades of selfless service to this nation, with combat service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, sets him clearly as one of our most distinguished soldiers. Our prayers are with him and his family at his passing.
“Fred Weyand is a soldier’s soldier, and members of all services are better because of his service and his support.”
The 27th Army chief of staff, Gen. Frederick C. Weyand, receives
the 2000 AUSA George Catlett Marshall Medal and Citation from
Nicholas D. Chabraja, chairman of the Association’s Council of
Trustees, left, and Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., AUSA
As the 2000 recipient of the Marshall Medal (shown above) – presented annually at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition for “selfless service to the United States of America” – Weyand was cited for his life as a soldier, statesman and strong supporter of a credible national defense.
Acknowledged internationally as a “bold military leader and a skillful diplomat with consummate legislative skills,” Weyand as the Army’s chief from 1974 to 1976 supervised the service’s goal to improve its combat readiness by balancing the combat-to-support troop ratio and to achieve a 16-division force while enhancing the effectiveness of roundout units.
Roundout units aligned reserve component units from the Army National Guard and U.S Army Reserve with active duty units. This eventually evolved into today’s seamless force that is deployed around the world and fighting two wars.
While accomplishing this, Weyand led the way in ensuring the Army had improved logistical and personnel readiness.
Born in Arbuckle, Calif., Weyand graduated from the University of California at Berkley in 1938 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
During World War II, he served in India, Burma and China.
When the Korean War broke out, Weyand deployed and commanded the 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was also the division’s assistant chief of staff, G-3.
After the war he taught tactics and the U.S. Army Infantry School, became military assistant to the secretary of the Army, graduated from the Army War College, commanded a battle group in West Berlin and was an intelligence officer for the Berlin Command.
After his promotion to brigadier general in 1960, he eventually came to the Pentagon where he served as the Army’s chief of legislative liaison where he skillfully dealt with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, their staffs and committees on crucial legislative actions and issues that would shape the Army for decades to come.
As a major general, he commanded the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii where he trained and equipped his soldiers for deployment to the Republic of Vietnam.
Promoted to lieutenant general in1968, he returned to Vietnam for a second tour as the deputy and later commander of the II Field Force.
Then moving back to the Pentagon, he became the chief of the reserve components – Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.
Recognizing his talents as a diplomat and his experiences as a soldier and staff officer, Weyand was chosen to serve as the principal military adviser at the Vietnam peace negotiations in Paris with U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge.
Returning to Vietnam, now as a four-star general, he assumed command of the U.S. Military Assistance Command. In this position, he was responsible for executing the orderly and safe withdrawal of all American combat units from that country.
Following this challenging operation, he became the commander of U.S. Army Pacific in Hawaii.
He was then selected as the Army’s vice chief of staff and on Oct. 3, 1974, he was sworn in as the Army chief of staff and the Army member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, position he would hold for two years until his retirement in September 1976.
His decorations include: the Distinguished Service Cross, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and oak leaf cluster, and many foreign awards.
Returning to Honolulu, Weyand became the first vice president of the First Hawaii Bank until his retirement in 1982.
He also continued his close relationship with the AUSA, serving as president of the Association’s Hawaii Chapter and as a member of the chapter’s board of directors.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Mary, three children and four stepchildren.
At press time, funeral arrangements were not known.