Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Lyle

By AMY TURNEROctober 6, 2022

2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

College of William and Mary (1962)

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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James M. Lyle attended the College of William and Mary where he completed both a Bachelor of Art in Physical Education and the Army ROTC program. He commissioned on June 10, 1962.

After completing the Armor Officer basic Course and Airborne School, Lyle was assigned Platoon Leaders, D Troop, later Liaison Officer, Headquarters Troop, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, United States Army Europe, Germany.

Lyle would continue to serve in a variety of roles including as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Lehigh University from December of 1967 to August of 1970.

Lyle would continue to serve in a variety of leadership positions to include Commander, later Commandant, Headquarters Detachment, United States Army Advisory Group, I Corps and Military Region 1, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Chief, Doctrine Division, later Director, Command and Staff and Doctrine Department, United States Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Commander, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations), Third United States Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia.

His last assignment before retirement was to serve as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia.

Lyle retired from the Army on June 20, 19966, after over 33 years of service. His military awards and honors include the Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal Joint Service Commendation, Medal Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.

The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.

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