William Holmes Tomlinson

Pacific Theater

Highest rank achieved: Col.

Born in Arkansas, on Apr. 12, 1922.

Wife: Suzanne Tomlinson

Honors: Bronze Star, Commendation medals.

Of Jacksonville, FL. He was appointed in Louisiana. He was a West Point Cadet(13930) at Douglas. Benny Rainville was his instructor. He had Basic at West Point. When he found out that he was going to be a bomber pilot, he voluntarily reverted to the Army, which had been a family tradition. Later he was with the 246th Field Artillery, American, Div. in the S.W. Pacific in 1945, where he participated in an amphibious assault and aided in the liberation of Cebu, P.Is. Awarded the Bronze Star.

Then he was on the Staff & Facility of the Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Okla. 1950-54. He received an M.B.A. at the Univ. of Ala. in 1960. Next he was in the office, Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, Dept. of Army, Pentagon, 1960-61. Then he was in the Office, Under Sec’y Army, 1961-64. (Commendation Medal) by Commanding Officer, 8th Artillery Regiment and C.O. 7th Div. Artillery Reg. 1964-65. (Commendation). Then he went to the Army War College, Carlisle, Pa. 1966. He received his Masters of Science at the Geo. Wash. Univ., also was at Harvard, 1968-69. He was on the staff and facility of Industrial College of the Armed Services, 1966-72. (Legion of Merit). He retired as a Colonel in 1973.

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