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 - General Willey Formerly Held Formosa Post...
General Willey Formerly Held Formosa Post BARSTOW Arriving from his home in San Antonio, Tex., Brig.i Gen. John P. Willey has taken command of the Armored Combat Training Center at Camp Irwin. On hand to greet Gen. Willey were Col. Maurice E. Kaiser, commanding officer1, 16th Armored Cavalry Group, and Lt. Col. Robert W. Kane, chief of staff. Gen. Willey was assigned to Camp Irwin while serving with the Army Section of the Military Advisory Group, Formosa. At the Chinese Nationalist stronghold, he had served as chief of the Army Section in charge of training for the Chinese .Nationalist Ground Forces since April, 1951. TOOK REFRESHER Prior to reporting to Camp Irwin, Gen. Willey spent 30 days at the Armored School, Fort Knox, Ky., where he took an advanced armored refresher course. Upon its completion, he visited his wife and daughter in San Antonio, Tex. Accompanying Gen. Willey to Camp Irwin are his wife, the for mer Mary Elizabeth Weber of San BRIG. GEN. WILLEY Antonio, and his daughter, Sylvia Knapp Willey. Mrs. Willey will remain at Camp Irwin while the daughter returns shortly to Austin, Tex., where she is a sophomore at the University of Texas. Gen. Willey was born in Hampton, Va., on April 22, 1902. He graduated from Virginia Polytech nic Institute in 1924 and was com missioned a second lieutenant of cavalry. WORKED AND SERVED There followed long years of work and schooling at various Army posts throughout the world. He served in the Philippine Islands from 1930 to 1932 and upon return- ing to the United States, was with the 13th Cavalry at Fort Riley, Kan. Assignments with various caval ry units followed until 1941 when he requested and was transferred to the newly created Armored Force. He served in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War n, taking command of Kure Base, japan wnen the war ended in 1945. He returned to the United States in 1946 and was assigned as .assistant G-4, Headquarters, Sixth Army, Presidio of San Francisco, later being transferred to Los An geles as unit instructor of the 19th Armored Division (ORC). ATTENDS AIR COLLEGE In August, 1947, he attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base and upon completion of this course, remained at the Air University as chief of the Army Advisory Group until April, 1951, when he went to Formosa. Among Gen. Willey's awards and decorations are the Air Medal, Le gion of Merit, Order of Yun-Hui (for general officers) Cloud and Banner Chinese Government, Bronze Star with cluster, Combat Infantryman Ba'dge, Army Commendation Ribbon for service as commanding general of Kure Base, Japan, Philippine Liberation Rib bon, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with two campaign stars. Kaw,..,- r , -, IMItlf, jfjr 6

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  1. The San Bernardino County Sun,
  2. 03 Jan 1953, Sat,
  3. Page 12

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