Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
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Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Copyright Date: 1946
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Bibliographic ID: UF00096226
Volume ID: VID00028
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Special and Area Studies Collections
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DIVISION OF INFORMATIONAL SERVICES, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE

Bob Lynch, Director

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FEB 2 8 1966


GAINESVILLE, Feb. ---General James A. Van Fleet, distinguished

leader in two World Wars and peace-keeping missions around the world,

will speak at the University of Florida March 14 on the subject of

Asia.

He will deliver the Benton Memorial Lecture established by the

family of the late J. R. Benton, first dean of engineering at the

University, to bring outstanding speakers to the campus. The lecture

fund was endowed to commemorate Robert Tyree Benton, a son of the

late dean and a high honors graduate of the University in civil

engineering, who was killed while serving with the U.S. Air Force

in Germany during World War II.

The talk is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. in the University Auditorium.

Van Fleet, who headed missions to Greece and Korea, was once

Commandant of the University's ROTC program and served as head coach

of the 1923 Florida football team which was undefeated in conference

play.

He was given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the

University in 1946 at special "Van Fleet Day" ceremonies and was cited

for his accomplishments at the University of Florida's Centennial

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celebration in 1953. He also holds Doctor of Laws degrees from

Columbia University, Long Island University and the Seoul National

University of Korea.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

and saw action in World War I as a commander of a machine gun bat-

talion, being wounded a week before the Armistice. In 1944 his Eighth

Infantry regiment spearheaded the 4th Division in the assault landing at

Utah Beach in the Normandy invasion.

In 1948 Van Fleet was sent to Greece when the security of that

country was endangered and under his direction the guerrilla forces

were eliminated. He commanded the U.S. Eighth Army on the Korean

battlefront and was promoted to the rank of four star general in 1951.

He retired with rank of full general in 1953.

General Van Fleet undertook a survey of the U.S. military

assistance programs in the Far East in 1954, traveling in a civilian

status with the rank of Ambassador, as special representative of

President Eisenhower.

His battle awards include three Distinguished Service Crosses,

four Distinguished Service Medals, three Silver Stars, four Bronze

Stars, two Air Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Unit

Citation and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He has been decorated by

the countries of Greece, Korea, Iran, Ethiopia, Thailand, The Philip-

pines, Republic of China, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and

Colombia.


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