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III Corps Headquarters Opened at Fort Hood

Major General Hobart R. Gay

Editor’s note: This article from the April 15, 1954 Armored Sentinel gives information about III Corps’ arrival at Fort Hood.

Major General Hobart R. Gay, Fort Hood and III Corps Commander, recieved honors from his new command at a ceremony yesterday morning put on by units of the 1st Armored Division.

The honor guard which was furnished by Reserve Command was commanded by Capt. Clifton W. Mooneyham, Commaning Officer, A Co., 100th Tank Bne.

The guard was composed of one infantry platoon from C. Co., 702 Armored Infantry Bne., under the command of Lt. Max W. Tribroski, Commanding Officer of the company, and one tank platoon from A. Co., 100th Tank Bne., under the command of Lt. Harry Behlin, platoon leader.

Composite battery from the 91st Armored Field Artillery Bne., fired a 13 gun salute under the command of Lt. James G. Walters, Executive Officer of B Battery.

Major commanders from Fort Hood and the Division meet Gen. Gay following the welcoming ceremony.

On Tuesday morning Fort Hood’s new commanding general observed a tank infantry field exercise at Andrerson Mountain put on by the 1st Armored Division for the advanced armor class from Fort Knox, Ky.

Gen. Gay arrived at Fort Hood Sunday afternoon accompanied by members of his II Corps staff.

He assumed command of the post Tuesday morning.

“I am happy to be at Fort Hood,” Gen. Gay said yesterday. “I look forward to the opportunity presented by having a two division corps here at Hood.”

Gen. Gay and his II Corps Headquarters were located at Fort MacArthur, Calif., before coming to Texas. In June the 4th Armored Division will be activated here giving Fort Hood a corps. headquarters and two armored divisions.

Gen. Gay served throughout World War II with the late Gen. George S. Patton Jr. participating in eight campaigns and two amphibious landings.

He successively was Chief of Staff of the 1st Armored Corps in Morocco including the initial landing at Fedala on Nov. 8, 1942; Chief of Staff of 7th Army in Sicily; Chief of Staff of 3rd Army in Europe.

In July 1949 Gen. Gay was ordered to the Far East Command where he served as Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division until Feb. 1951, the last 7 months of which the division was in combat in Korea.

For galantry in action and distinguished service, Gen. Gay has been decorated by Great Britian, France, Belguim, Luxembourg, Morocco, Czechoslavakia and Korea.

His decorations by the United States include: Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Commendation Medal, Air Medal, each with an oak leaf cluster.

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