General William B. Rosson, Class of 1940

Military Service/Achievements:
General Rosson fought in ten campaigns in World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. Wounded in Sicily, he went on to win the nation’s second highest decoration for valor, The Distinguished Service Cross, on the “Anzio Beachhead in Italy.” He later served on the Army General Staff in the Pentagon, in General Eisenhower’s NATO headquarters in Paris, France, and on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, again in the Pentagon. Troop duty Included command of two Infantry regiments in Germany, and command of the European Airborne Brigade, also in Germany. Military school assignments included the Army Command and General Staff College, The Army War College, and the National War College. General Rosson served four tours in Vietnam covering six years. Assignments included duty with the French Forces in 1954; Chief of Staff to General Westmoreland, the commander of United States Forces; commander of three major field units and, with four stars, as Deputy Commander of United States Forces. After serving as Commander in Chief of United States Army Forces in the Pacific from 1970 to 1973, the General completed his career in Latin America by serving as Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command from 1973 to mid-1975, with headquarters in the Canal Zone.

Civilian Career/Achievements:
Following retirement in 1975, General Rosson obtained a Master of Letters degree in international relations from Oxford University in England. In 1984, the General moved from Florida to Roanoke, Virginia. Among his present pursuits are lecturing on national security and international relations, serving as a panelist, conducting professional research and writing for military agencies and journals.

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