Taps General John Vessey

As a Lieutenant (yes many light years ago) General John Vessey was the USFK and Eighth Army Commander in Korea (they were one command in those days).  He was a soldier’s soldier having been a First Sergeant in World War II.  He died a few days ago, I just saw this story it is worth sharing with a younger generation who may not know of the exceptional soldier and citizen.

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Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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4 Responses to Taps General John Vessey

  1. Great post! Thank you for your service!


  2. vmijpp says:

    Thank you for posting that! I saw it and was hoping that you would put it up, as I– not a Guardsman– did not feel worthy to do so.

    Most interesting to me was that he enlisted in the Minnesota Guard in 1939. Undoubtedly trained on the 1903 Springfield and drilled ceaselessly in careful, aimed, long-range fire. I can claim some kinship with him, as he almost certainly slept under canvas shelter halves, and (damn the Marine Corps’ inability to procure reasonable field shelter) so did I, well into the 90s. Otherwise, I think he was in a much different league than I.

    RIP to him.


  3. DaveO says:

    He enlisted as a Motorcycle Courier. He was riding hogs before it was cool, then went on to earn his pilot’s wings as a colonel after decades as a Redleg. Different Army, an Army dedicated to victory.


  4. burkemblog says:

    I met him when he was vice chief of staff of the Army–I was commanding a combat equipment company in northern Germany–we stored equipment for REFORGER and war reserve use–and were the first such unit in what was then the British sector of Germany. He was a charming man who emanated a very quiet but potent power. My boss, a lieutenant colonel, was scared to death of him.

    A few weeks after his visit, he was appointed chairman of the JCS–I think the first (only?) former enlisted man to hold that position. I met over 100 generals in the two years i had that company–I activated it and was the only person in it for about six weeks–and GEN Vessey was the most impressive.


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