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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Porter

Birthplace: Alma, NE, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: William

Date of Birth: 29 April 1908

Date of Death: 22 April 2000

Rank: General

Years Served: 1930-1969
Robert William Porter, Jr.

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1930

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Robert William Porter, Jr.
General, U.S. Army

Robert William Porter, Jr. was born on 29 April 1908 in Alma, NE. After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Military Academy, graduating with the Class of 1930. He began his career as a Second Lieutenant in the Cavalry.

During World War II, he served with the 1st Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily, and with the II Corps in Italy. Returning to the War Department in 1945, he served as a Strategic Planner, and later became Executive Officer to the Under Secretary of the Army.

After graduating from the National War College in 1950, Porter held a variety of positions to include Commander, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment; Deputy G-3, Allied Land Forces Central Europe; Chief of Staff, X Corps; member of the National Security Council Planning Board; Commander, 3rd Armored Division; and U.S. Representative to the Permanent Deputies Group, Central Treaty Organization. From April 1964-65 he Commanded the First United States Army at Fort Jay, Governors Island, NY. His final assignment was as Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command (USCINCSO) from 1965 to 1969.

He retired from active Army service in 1969.

Major Medals and Awards

Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars & Arrowhead Device
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

In Retirement

After retiring from the Army in 1969, Porter became a tree farmer in Virginia, winning the title Virginia Tree Farmer of the Year in 1995.


General Robert William Porter, Jr. died on 22 April 2000 at the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, following a heart attack.

Honoree ID: 306   Created by: MHOH




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