William L. Bryden – Major General, United States Army

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William Bryden was born at Hartford, Conecticut, February 3, 1880. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 904. He married: Ellen Barry, October 26, 1912.

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1904 and served as an officer in all grades until promoted to Major General in 1940.

His medals include Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

He was a member of the American Legion, Newcomen Society.

He lived in Washington, D.C. until his death on January 30, 1972.  He was buried with full military honors in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.


Courtesy of Michael T. Stein:

  • Major General William L. Bryden
  • Born February 3, 1880 in Connecticut
  • Died January 20, 1972
  • Cadet, US. Military Academy 1900-04
  • Graduated as No. 4233, Class of 1904
  • Second Lieutenant 1904
  • First Lieutenant 1907
  • Brigadier General (National Army) 1918
  • Colonel, United States Army, 1935
  • Brigadier General, United States Army, 1937
  • Major General, United States Army, 1940
  • Served with 13th Battery, Field Artillery 1904-06
  • Served at Camp Stotsenburg (Philippines) 1906-07
  • Served with Battery E, 5th Field Artillery 1907-08
  • Instructor (Department of Mathematics), U. S. Military Academy 1908-12
  • Director, Field Artillery School 1917-18
  • Commanding General, 15th Field Artillery Brigade 1918
  • Commanding General, 9th Field Artillery Brigade 1918-19
  • Instructor, Command & General Staff School 1923-27
  • Student, Army War College 1927-28
  • Executive Officer to Chief of Field Artillery 1928-31
  • Executive Officer, 11th & 13th Field Artillery Brigade´s 1931-34
  • Served with 6th Field Artillery 1934-35
  • Served with G-3 (Operations & Training) Division, Army General Staff 1935-37
  • Commanding General, 16th Infantry Brigade & Ft. George G. Meade 1937-38
  • Commanding General, 13th Field Artillery Brigade & Ft. Bragg 1938-40
  • Deputy Army Chief of Staff 1940-42
  • Commanding General, 4th Corps Area 1942
  • Commanding General, 4th Service Command 1942-44
  • Retired 1944
  • President, Secretary of War´s Separation Board 1944-46
  • Distinguished Service Medal

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