Gen. Frederick Weyand, 28th Chief of Staff of the Army, dies at 93
February 12, 2010
- Retired Gen. Frederick C. Weyand, 28th Army Chief of Staff, died Feb. 10, 2010 of natural causes.
HONOLULU - Retired Gen. Frederick C. Weyand, 28th Army Chief of Staff, died at approximately 10:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 of natural causes at the Kahala Nui retirement residence.
The Honolulu civic leader was 93.
"The 25th Infantry Division mourns the loss of such a tremendous Army leader
as Gen. Fred Weyand and extends our most heartfelt condolences to the Weyand
family. Gen. Weyand is a true legend within the Tropic Lightning Division and
the Army. Words cannot truly express his lasting impact on the Soldiers and
officers serving today," said Maj. Gen. MG Robert Caslen, commander for the
25th Infantry Division.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkley, in 1939 and received an ROTC commission as second lieutenant 1938. His military career has spanned three wars. During World War II he served in India, Burma and China. During the Korean War, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment.
He taught tactics at The Infantry School, served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, and commanded a Battle Group in Berlin.
In 1964 he assumed command of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, and moved with it to Vietnam 18 months later. He commanded II Field Force Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. In 1969 and 1970 he was a principal in the Vietnam peace negotiations in Paris and returned to Saigon in mid-1970 to become commander of the Military Assistant Ground Command Vietnam.
Weyand became Chief of Staff of the Army in 1974 and served in that position until he retired in 1976. His military honors and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, five Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Weyand retired to Oahu in 1976 and became an integral part of the military community. He worked to increase cultural knowledge through the East West Center and the Hawaii Theater. He worked to create a memorial at Schofield Barracks and has been an active member of Honolulu's Rotary Club, serving as its president in 1992. He participated in the Red Cross, the Shriners and other Masonic organizations and worked with the Asia Pacific Security Center.
He is survived by his wife Mary, three children and five grandchildren. Services are pending.
For more information, visit the USARPAC Web site: http://www.usarpac.army.mil/Weyand/index.asp