The first forital color tion of the centennial your of the
University of 01orida will be held Xaroh 19-21, wnen Useeral James A.
Van Fleet will be honored *ueat amnrng other outeta ding national
figures who will take prt in the three-duy educational program.
Qea. Va.n Fleet, wiho has served his country as an outstanding
military leader and diplomat, was reared and educated in PFlorida. he
attended tce -outh Florida military Institute, in Aartow, which is one
of the parent school which was incorporated in the University of
Florida in 1905. Later, he was .grdldated from the United statess
After service on the Me.ican border mnd with the Sixth Dii-.alon
of the Amerionn expeditionaryy orce in '.orld 1ar I, Van cleet jo ned
the faculty of the -inivers ty of -lorlda as professor of militaryy science
and tactics fr .i 1921-24, and as head football coach in the last of
those two years,
Following service in ranama, and a recitrn to .est 'nlnt as a
student in the Advanced coursee in the Infantry school and as football
coach, (-Cu. Van Yleet returned to tih faculty of trie University of
Florida in 1929. de did a .reat deal t build up the military department,
and was associated with GL arlie bachman as football coach.
Gen. Van Fleet urrs honored by the Unive sity of florida in 1946,
ahen an honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred upon him. fe was also
honored Hoaecoming guest in 1950, when he delivered the principal
During World war II, his 8t Infantry Regiment spearheaded the
landing of the 4th and 90th Im antry Divisions the 90-th being rated
bL Gen, George fatton as the GreaLest fighting divisi *' on the western
Front. After a short tour of duty in England, Gen. Van Fleet was
recalled to command the Third Corps, which seized the bridge at Remagen,
making possible the First Army drive agrees the Rhine into Ge many.
4mericana probably came to know en. FPan Fleet best from February 1948
to July 1950 when he was chief of the Amerlcnn Mission for Aid to Greece,
and director of the joint U, S, Advisory and Planning Group.
A citation for his services in Greece said in part: "During the
period when guerrilla activities in 'reece were such that a combined
security and stability of that Nation and its Government were extremely
questionable, he provided superior leadership and sound operational
advice that served to inspire the Greek military leadership ..."
After a short tour of duty in this country, Gen. Van Eleet was
sent to command the 8th Army in the field in Korea. This was at the
tiLe of (en. AacArthur's retirement and Gen. tidgeway's advancement to
overall command of fighting forces in the Far mast.
Gen, Van Fleet retired this month at the age of 61. His home
and grove are in Winter uaven, Florida,
Among his military decorations are Distinguished service Cross
with one oak lenf cluster; Distinguished Pervice Medal; Silver Star
with two oak leaf clusters; Legion of Ieriti Purple Heart with two oak
leaf clustersa Combat Infantryman's badge; French Legion of Honor and
Croix de Guerre with Pqlm. He is perhaps the only man to be awarded
the D.S.C., the -liver Star and the Purple Heart each three ti es.