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John Williams
Major General, United States Army
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John Williams enlisted in the Missouri National Guard as a private on March 18, 1903 and was honorably discharged on September 1, 1904.

General Williams was appointed a First Lieutenant, Infantry, Missouri National Guard on April 2, 1917. Ordered into federal service during the First World War as Adjutant, 128th Machine Gun Battalion, 35th Division, August 1917-September 1919. Promoted to major, Coast Artillery on June 8, 1921. Appointed colonel and commander, 128th Field Artillery on April 21, 1923. 

Promoted to major general and Chief, National Guard Bureau in 1940. He served as Chief for the duration of the Second World War and immediately after the war during the initial reorganization of the National Guard.

Buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Posted: 21 July 2001  Updated: 27 February 2004