Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00096226/00003
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Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Copyright Date: 1950
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Bibliographic ID: UF00096226
Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Special and Area Studies Collections
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Allen Skaggs, Editcr Distribution: Florida Dailies

GAINESVILLE, Oct. -- General James A. Van Fleet will be the speaker

for the annual Florida Blue Key Homecoming Banquet, student Pres-

ident Bill Basford announced today.

Basford, simultaneously, announced the toastmaster for the

important gathering as Speaker of the House Doyle Conner, Starke.

The Banquet, which annually attracts top Florida statesmen,

jurists, and business leaders, is scheduled for 'riday evening,

Nov. 2, in the Florida Gymnasium.

This year's affair marks Van Fleet's second appearance as the

principal speaker. He was invited to speak in 1950, immediately

following his return to the United States after serving as director

of the Joint U.S. Military Aid Group to Greece. General Van Fleet,

who retired in March, 1953, after serving as commander of all

United Nations forces in Korea, now lives in Auburndale and serves

on the board of directors of several American corporations.

Conner, an alumnus of the University, is one of Florida's

most distinguished young men. He was elected to the legislature

when only 21 years old and while still a student at the University..

He will serve as Speaker of the House during the Legislature sessions

next spring.

Last year's speaker and toastmaster were Governor LeRoy Collins

and S. T. Dell, Gainesville, respectively.

A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy in 1915, Gen. Van Fleet

was promoted steadily throughout his Army career, serving

as commander of United Nations forces in Korea from 1951-53. He

retired as a full general.

Earlier, he had attended the Summerlin Institute at Bartow,

one of the five institutions which formed the University of Florida

under the Buckman Act of 1905. He has always been closely associated

with the University, having served as professor of military science

and tactics here in 1921-24 and as head football coach.

The former soldier, who was selected as the Blue Key Banquet

speaker in 1950, holds a number of decorations, including the

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Distinguished Service Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Silver Star

with two Oak Leaf Clust rs; Distinguished Service Medal with two

Oak Leaf Clusters; and many other decorations, both American and


He is presently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of

National Phoenix Industries, Cantrell and Cochrane Corporation, and

the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. He is chairman of the

American Korean Foundation.

In 1946 the University honored Van Fleet with a "Van Fleet

Day" during which the celebrated soldier received an honorary

doctor's degree.

Conner as a senior at the University of Florida served as

president of both Alpha Gamma Rho social fraternity and the

Agriculture Club.

He was an outstanding member of the Future Farmers of America

and was elected national president of the organization which embraces

6,000 chapters with 260,000 members in 47 states, Hawaii, and

Puerto Rico. He also holds the highest FFA award that can be made --

The American Farmer Degree.

He was chosen by the Florida Junior Chamber of Commerce in

1949 as one of the five outstanding young men of Florida.


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