Charles Jack Girard – Brigadier General, United States Army

  • Full Name: CHARLES JACK GIRARD
  • Date of Birth: 7/23/1917
  • Date of Casualty: 1/17/1970
  • Home of Record: SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Branch of Service: ARMY
  • Rank: BGEN
  • Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
  • Casualty Province: GIA DINHAs a member of the Army, General Girard served our country until January 17th, 1970 in Gia Dinh, South Vietnam. He was 52 years old and was married. Charles died from illness or disease. His body was recovered.

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Born at Sumter, South Carolina, 23 July 1917, he died on 17 January 1970 and was buried with full military honors in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery, adjacent to Alfred Conrad Girard, Brigadier General, United States Army.

General Girard of South Carolina was born on 23 July 1917 and died on 17 January 1970.  The General served in both World War II and in the Vietnam War.  His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.  The General was buried with full military honors in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.


BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES J . GIRARD
By Bonnie Girard

Charles J. Girard was born in Sumter, South Carolina on July 23, 1917. He was graduated from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, in Charleston, with a Bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration in 1938.

Although commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve in August 1938, he taught high school for two years prior to entering on active duty on August 12, 1940. At that time he was assigned as a Platoon Leader with the 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, at Fort Benning, Georgia. When it was redesignated the 82nd Armored Battalion, and assigned to the 2d Armored, the “Hell on Wheels,” Division, he went into combat with it as Company Commander, in December 1942, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. He participated in seven campaigns: Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe, and became Battalion Commander of the 82d in August  1945.

Following this, he commanded the 2d Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division; and in May 1946, was assigned as a staff officer, Headquarters, US Forces in Austria.  While there he received his commission as a Regular Army Officer.

He returned to the United States in November 1947 for a two year assignment with the Georgia Organized Reserve Corps and Georgia Military District Headquarters. In 1949 he was selected to attend the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following graduation in 1950, he was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for five years. Three years were spent with the Command and Staff Department of the Armored School there; then from August 1954 to mid-1955, he was the Chief of the Combat Developments Group of that school. In July 1955, he became Commander of the 83d Recon Battalion, 3d Armored Division, at Fort Knox and returned to Europe in this capacity in May 1956.

Assigned to the G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe in June 1957, he served as Chief of the NATO Training Section, and then Chief of the Training Branch, where he remained until August 1959. At that time, he returned to the United States to attend the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation in 1960, he was assigned as Deputy Commander and then Commander of Combat Command “A”,  1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

In July 1961, he was transferred to Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. , and assigned in the Doctrine and Concepts Division, Combat Developments Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, later becoming Chief of the Division.  While there, he served in a temporary assignment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as Deputy Chief, Long Range Plans Group, Army Tactical Mobility Requirements Board (Howze Board). Prior to departing Washington in 1963, he was appointed Assistant Director, Materiel Requirements, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Force Developments.

He assumed command of the U. S. Army Combat Developments Command Experimentation Center at Fort Ord, California, on August 28, 1963 and on August 29th was promoted to Brigadier General.

In May 1965, General Girard received orders reassigning him to Europe, and in July assumed the position of Staff for Data Systems, Headquarters Seventh Army.

On 1 July 1966, he was assigned as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 3d Armored Division (Spearhead), Frankfurt, Germany. Additional assignments were Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations &  Reserve Forces, Headquarters, CONARC, January 1968 to March 1969, Deputy Commanding General, Capital Military Assistance Command, Saigon, Vietnam, March 1969 to November 1969, Commanding General, Capital Military Assistance Command,  Saigon, Vietnam, November 1969 to January 1970.

EDUCATION:

  • The Citadel — 1938 (BA)
  • Infantry Tank School (Refresher) — 1940
  • AFS Tank School — 1941
  • GMC School of Technology — 1942
  • Command and General Staff College — 1950
  • U.S. Army War College — 1960

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF PROMOTIONS:

  • Grade Temporary (AUS) Permanent (RA)
  • Second Lieutenant 26 August 38 (USAR)
  • First Lieutenant 14 October 41 (USAR)
  • First Lieutenant 27 January
  • Captain 23 September 42
  • Major 25 July 44
  • First Lieutenant 7 December 44
  • Captain 1 July 48
  • Lieutenant Colonel 7 July 51
  • Major 2 July 53
  • Colonel 12 August 58
  • Lieutenant Colonel 7 December 61
  • Brigadier General 22 August 1963
  • Colonel 7 December 66

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF ASSIGNMENTS:
From To

  • Platoon Loader, 82d Armored Recon Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia Aug 40  Jan 42
  • Maintenance Officer, 82d Armored Recon Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia Jan 42  Aug 42
  • Company Commander, 82d Armored Battalion, 2d Armored Division, ETO Aug 42 Apr 44
  • Executive Officer and S-3, 82d Armored Battalion, 2d Armored Division, ETO Apr 44  Aug 45
  • Battalion Commander, 82d Armored Recon Battalion, 2d Armored Division, ETO Aug 45  Aug 45
  • Battalion Commander, 2d Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division, ETO Aug 45  Jan 46
  • TDY US (R&R), 2d Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division, ETO Jan 46  May 46
  • Assistant G-3, Headquarters US Forces Austria May 46  Jul 46
  • Assistant Chief Military Division, Headquarters US Forces Austria and Executive Officer Military Division, Headquarters US Forces Austria (USACA) Jul 46  Nov 47
  • Instructor, Tactics, 3349 ASU, Georgia Organized Reserve Corps Instructors Nov 47  May 48
  • Supply and Evacuation Staff Officer, 3349 ASU Georgia Organized Reserve Corps Instructors May 48  Sep 49
  • Student Officer, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Sep 49  Jul 50
  • Chief, Engineer Division, Automotive Maintenance Department, The Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky Jul 50  Aug 50
  • Instructor, Tactics, Command and Staff Department, The Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky  Aug 50 Apr 53
  • Plans and Policies Officer, Command and Staff Department, The Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky Apr 53 Aug54
  • Chief, Combat Developments Group, The Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky Aug 54 May 55
  • TDY, The Armored School, Headquarters 3d Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky May 55  Jun 55
  • Assistant G-1, Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky Jun 55 Jul 55
  • Battalion Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83d Recon Battalion, 3d Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky Jul 55 May 56
  • Battalion Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83d Re con Battalion, 3d Armored Division, US Army Army Europe May 56 Jun 57
  • Staff Officer, NATO Training Section, Training Section, Training Branch, G-3 Division, (7890-O8) Headquarters US Army Europe Jun 57 Jul 57
  • Chief, NATO Training Section, G-3 Division, (7890-08) Headquarters US Army Europe Jul 57 Jun 58
  • Chief, Training Branch, G-3 Division (789O-08) Headquarters US Army Europe Jun 58  Mar 59
  • Chief, Training Branch, G-3 Division, (3700-03 Headquarters US Army Europe Mar 59 Aug 59
  • Student, Student Detachment, US Army War College (62-2162-00) Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania  Aug 59  Jul 60
  • Deputy Commander, Headquarters Combat Command “A”,  1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas Jul 60  Aug 60
  • Commanding Officer, Headquarters Combat Command “A”, 1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas Aug 60  Aug 60
  • Deputy Commander, Headquarters Combat Command “A”, 1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas Aug 60  Jul 61
  • Staff Officer, Doctrine and Concepts Division, Combat Developments Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (8534), Washington, D. C.  Jul 61  Jun 62
  • Special Projects Officer, TDY/Howze Board, Combat Developments Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (8534), Washington, D. C.  Jun 62  Jul 62
  • Chief, Doctrine and Concepts Division, Combat Developments Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (8534), Washington, D. C.  Jul  62  Feb 63
  • Assistant Director, Combat Developments Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (8534), Washington, D. C. Feb 63 Apr 63
  • Assistant Director, Material Requirements, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Force Developments (8550), Washington, D. C., (Reorganization)  Apr 63  Jun 63
  • Assistant Director, Material Requirements, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Force Developments (8550), Washington, D. C.  Jun 63  Jul 63
  • Commanding General, United States Army Combat Developments Command Experimentation Center, Fort Ord, California Aug 63  Jul 65
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Data Systems, Headquarters Seventh Army, US Army Europe Jul 65  Jun 66
  • Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 3d Armored Division (Spearhead) US Army Europe Jul 66  Dec 67
  • Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations & Reserve Forces, Headquarter, CONARC Jan 68  Mar 69
  • Deputy Commanding General, Capital Military Assistance Command, Saigon, Vietnam Mar 69  Nov 69
  • Commanding General, Capital Military Assistance Command, Saigon, Vietnam  Nov 69  Jan 70 (Death)

LIST OF CITATIONS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Silver Star
  • Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to Army Commendation Medal

SERVICE MEDALS:

  • American Defense Service Medal
  • American Campaign Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 bronze stars; 1 silver star; 1 arrowhead)
  • Humane Action Medal (with Germany Clasp)
  • World War II Victory Medal (2 bronze oak leaf clusters)
  • Army Occupation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • Belgian Fourragere
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/ Device

Courtesy of Michael Stein:

  • Brigadier General Charles J. Girard (1917-1970)
  • Charles Jack Girard
  • Born in South Carolina July 23, 1917
  • Died January 17, 1970
  • Graduated from The Citadel 1938
  • Second Lieutenant (Reserve) 1938
  • Advanced through ranks to Major (AUS) 1944
  • 1st Lieutenant (Regular Army) 1946
  • Major 1948
  • Advanced through ranks to Brigadier General
  • Student, Infantry School 1946-47
  • Commander, Capital Military Assistance Command, Vietnam 1969-70

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GIRARD, CHARLES J

  • BG   US ARMY
  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 02/06/1935 – 01/17/1970
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 07/23/1917
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/17/1970
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/22/1970
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 32-2
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

GIRARD, JOAN E B

  • DATE OF BIRTH: 11/17/1918
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/05/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/24/2003
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 32-2
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  • WIFE OF GIRARD, CHARLES J  BG US ARMY

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