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William J. Livsey

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William James "Lipp" Livsey June 8, 1931 – June 18, 2016 was a United States Army general who served as the Commander in Chief of United Nations Command/Commander in Chief, ROK/US Combined Forces Command/Commander, United States Forces Korea/Commanding General, Eighth United States Army CINCUNC/CINCCFC/COMUSFK/CG EUSA, from 1984 to 1987


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Awards and decorations
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References

Early life and educationedit

Livsey was a native of Clarkston, Georgia where he was born in 19311 He is a 1952 graduate of North Georgia College Years later he served as a trustee for the university foundation2 He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army He has a master's degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated first in his class, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College


The William J "Lipp" Livsey Drill Field at the University of North Georgia The plaque commemorating Livsey adjacent to the William J Livsey Drill field at the University of North Georgia

In 1953, Livsey served his first combat tour as platoon leader with the 3rd Infantry Division in South Korea He commanded his first company with the 30th Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1954 From 1958 to 1961, he served in Germany as a company commander in the 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion, 36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division He served his second combat tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 with the 4th Infantry Division as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 Operations, and as the Commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry of the 3rd Brigade Task Force

In May 1971, Livsey took command of the 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division Mechanized at Fort Carson He later returned to Fort Carson in 1974 to serve as the Assistant Division Commander Support and as the Assistant Division Commander Maneuver for the 4th ID M until June 1976 From July 1977 to May 1979, he was the Commanding General of the Infantry Center and Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia

In May 1979, Livsey became the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division Mechanized, United States Army Europe where he served until June 1981 He then assumed the position of Commanding General, VII Corps, USAREUR, and served there until July 1983 From July 1983 until April 1984 he served as the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command as well as Commanding General of the Third United States Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia

Other notable assignments include, I Corps Chief of Staff in Korea, Executive to the Army Chief of Staff in Washington, DC and Southeast Asia, staff officer in the Office of Research and Development, and leadership instructor at West Point

In May 1984, and until his retirement on June 30, 1987, Livsey served as Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Commander-in-Chief Combined Forces Command/ Commander, United States Forces, Korea/Commanding General Eighth United States Army

Awards and decorationsedit

Livsey's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with "V" Device, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd Award, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Parachutist Badge

Personal lifeedit

In October 2008, a portion of Highway 314 in Fayetteville, Georgia was renamed as the "General Bill Livsey Highway" in Livsey's honor Numerous active and retired military leaders, including Major General Jack Wheeler, were in attendance Also in attendance was HeroBox, a non-profit organization that sends custom care packages to American soldiers

On April 18, 2009, the drill field at the center of the University of North Georgia's campus was renamed the William J "Lipp" Livsey Drill Field in Livsey's honor A commemorative plaque bearing Livsey's likeness was added near the reviewing stand3

On August 18, 2015, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting Ryan Irvin, a food delivery man for a local Chinese restaurant, and resisting arrest in Fayetteville, Georgia Meanwhile, the restaurant wants to drop the incident entirely4 He died on June 18, 2016, at the age of 855

See alsoedit

  • United States Army portal


  1. ^ http://www1legisgagov/legis/2007_08/pdf/sr1055pdf
  2. ^ NGCSU Foundation Board of Trustees FY 2006-2007
  3. ^ "Lipp' Livsey Drill Field" The Dahlonega Nugget Retrieved 2009-08-08 
  4. ^ Howell, Kellan 19 August 2015 "Retired 4-star Army general accused of assaulting Chinese food delivery man, resisting arrest" Washington Times Retrieved 24 August 2015 
  5. ^ Fayetteville, Georgia

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "1"

Military offices
Preceded by
M Collier Ross
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
1982 - 1983
Succeeded by
TG Jenes, Jr

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