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First Name: William

Last Name: Connor

Birthplace: WI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Dunward

Date of Birth: 22 February 1874

Date of Death: 16 June 1960

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
William Durward Connor

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1897

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


William Durward Connor
Major General, U.S. Army

William Durward Connor was born on 22 February 1874 in Wisconsin.

Connor received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy from Iowa, graduating first in his class in 1897. He began his military career commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.

During the Spanish-American War he served in the Philippines as an Engineer and was awarded the Silver Star for heroism in combat. From 1909 to 1916, he was with the War Department General Staff and was promoted to Colonel.

During World War I, Connor became Deputy Chief of Staff of the American Expeditionary Forces in 1917. In July 1918, he was promoted to Brigadier General and made Chief of Staff of the 32nd Infantry Division and was later given command of the 63rd Brigade. Later, he served as Commanding General of American forces in France from 1918-20. At the Battle of Ch√Ęteau-Thierry he was awarded a second Silver Star and, for his World War I service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

After WWI, he was the Chief of Transportation Service in 1921, Deputy Chief of Staff , U.S. Army, in 1922, and Commanding General of US Army forces in China from 1923-26. He was promoted to Major General in 1926 and assigned as Commanding General of the 2nd Infantry Division.

From 1927 until 1932, he was Commandant of the Army War College. He then served as the Superintendent at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1932-1938.

Major General Connor retired from active duty on 28 February 1938. However, he was recalled for service during World War II from 1941-1942.

Medals and Awards

Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal (2 Awards)

Death and Burial

Major General William Durward Connor died on 16 June 1960. He is buried at the U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery in West Point, NY.

Honoree ID: 2365   Created by: MHOH




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