Francis William Farrell

Francis William Farrell
Farrell in command of Korean Military Advisory Group, circa 1951
Born May 28, 1900 (1900-05-28)
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 31, 1981 (1981-02-01) (aged 80)
Arlington, Virginia
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1920–1960
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 11th Airborne Division Artillery
13th Airborne Division Artillery
Korean Military Advisory Group
82nd Airborne Division
United States V Corps
Seventh United States Army
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Other work New York State Civil Defense Director

Francis William Farrell was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. He was notable for his service as commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, United States V Corps and Seventh United States Army.

Early life

General Farrell was born on May 28, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1920.[3]

Start of military career

Initially assigned to the Infantry branch, General Farrell graduated from the Infantry Officer Course in 1921.[4] He then served in several Infantry assignments, including postings to Hawaii and China.[5][6] In 1928 General Farrell transferred to the Field Artillery branch. He completed the Field Artillery Officer Course in 1928.[7]

In the late 1920s and early 1930s General Farrell was an instructor at West Point.[8]

General Farrell graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1939.[9]

World War II

From 1942 to 1944 General Farrell served in the Pacific Theater as chief of staff of the 11th Airborne Division.[10][11] He commanded the 11th Airborne Division Artillery from 1944 to 1946.[12]

Post World War II

After World War II General Farrell was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina as commander of the 13th Airborne Division Artillery.[13]

In mid-1946 General Farrell was named chief of staff of the 82nd Airborne Division.[14] He served in this assignment for only a few months before being appointed as chief of the Air Branch at Army Ground Forces, where he remained from late 1946 until 1948.[15] General Farrell was named director of the Technical Training Group at Sandia Missile Base, New Mexico in 1948.[16][17][18]

Korean War

From 1950 to 1951 General Farrell was commander of the Korean Military Advisory Group, responsible for training and logistical support to the fledgling South Korean Army.[19][20][21]

Post Korean War

In 1952 General Farrell was assigned as deputy assistant chief of staff for operations on the Army Staff, serving until 1953.[22][23]

General Farrell commanded the 82nd Airborne Division from 1953 to 1955.[24]

In 1955 he was assigned as special assistant for national security affairs, advising the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[25][26]

General Farrell was named to command the U.S. V Corps in 1957, serving until 1959.[27][28][29][30]

In 1959 General Farrell was assigned as commander of the Seventh United States Army, remaining in this post until he reached retirement age in 1960.[31][32]

Military retirement and awards

General Farrell retired in 1960.[33][34][35] His awards and decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star, and two Air Medals.[36][37]

Other work

After retiring from the Army General Farrell was appointed as New York State’s Civil Defense Director, serving from 1961 to 1963.[38][39][40]

Retirement and death

In retirement General Farrell resided in Arlington, Virginia, where he died in January, 1981.[41] He was buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.[42]

External resources

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