1st Sgt. Maj. of the Army dies 


William O. Wooldridge

Aug. 12, 1922 - March 5, 2012

"Sgt. Maj. Wooldridge was a one of a kind noncommissioned officer, selected to be the first Sergeant Major of the Army because of his initiative, intelligence, experience and drive to excel.

"His lasting impression lives on in the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, the centralized NCO promotion system, and our professional NCO Corps.

"He was an innovator, a true inspiration to soldiers, and the epitome of a professional warrior. Our hearts and prayers go out to Patty and the rest of the Wooldridge family during this difficult time."

-Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler




"Sgt. Maj. William O. Wooldridge was a member of the "Greatest Generation" who devoted his life to selfless service to the nation, the United States Army, and his beloved NCO Corps. He will be missed."

-Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer, USA, Ret.

Director, Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Programs

Assocation of the United States Army