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FOUR STAR GENERAL BILL LIVSEY REMEBERS HIS SOLDIERS AT HIS HIGHWAY CELEBRATION
by Tom Livsey,
Although Four Star General Bill Livsey was celebrated with a portion of Hwy.314 in Fayetteville,Ga. being renamed in his honor,the 'General Bill Livsey Highway'...he was stern fast to remind all who were present that it should have been named 'General Bill Livsey Soldiers Highway'.
He emotioned the large crowd of a diverse crowd filled with high ranking military comrades,friends,family and media,with his recollection of his numerous military encounters.
Moved to tears himself,when he recognized those who fought beside and under his command,that did not make it back.With his 'Command Stick' in hand,Four Star General Livsey urged Americans and free people around the world to pray for the U.S. military,then and now,so that their lives would and will not go in vain.
On October 29,2008 a Portion of Hwy.314 will be named for decorated four-star general William Livsey who lives in Fayetteville,Ga.The portion of Georgia Hwy. 314 from the Fulton County line to its junction with Georgia Hwy. 85 in Fayetteville has been designated the "General William Livsey Highway" in honor of the four-star general who has resided in Fayetteville since his retirement from active duty in 1987.
A resolution to name the highway for General Livsey, presented by legislators representing Fayette County, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, has been implemented by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Dedication on Wednesday Oct. 29,2008 included an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Family Life Center at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church at 175 East Lanier Avenue.
Fayetteville resident Jack Wheeler, a retired Army major general who served under General Livsey in Korea, was a powerful master of ceremonies.
Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone,read the Senate resolution. DOT representative Kimberly Larson unveil a road sign to be erected on Hwy. 314.'General Bill Livsey Highway'
Also on the program are performances by the North Georgia College & State University Patriot Choir and ROTC Color Guard.
General Livsey, a native of Clarkston, is one of only four native Georgians to earn the four stars of a U.S. Army general. Others are John Hendrix of Statesboro; Courtney Hodges of Perry, commander of the U.S. First Army in World War 11, and Lucius Clay of Marietta, commander of the Berlin Air Lift.
A 1952 graduate of North Georgia College in Dahlonega, General Livsey began his Army career as a 3rd Infantry Division platoon leader in Korea where he was awarded a Silver Star for valor. He served a second combat tour in Vietnam, first as a battalion commander and later as assistant chief of operations, 4th Infantry Division.
At the time of his retirement in 1987 he was commander in chief of the United Nations Command in Korea, which included command of the U.S. Eighth Army and Republic of Korea forces.
"General Livsey is one of the great post-World War II Army generals,"
said General Wheeler.
"Korea is a better and stronger country today as a result of General Livsey's leadership. It was under his leadership that Korea was able to host an incident free world-wide show during the 1988 Olympics.
"This was accomplished as a result of the security and security training provided by General Livsey's command. Further, the fuse that set off the economic explosion in Korea was largely lit during his tenure as the senior military leader in Korea (1984-1987). We were able to witness this up close for two years while commanding a Korea-wide unit under General Livsey's command."
Among General Livsey's notable assignments are: Commanding general of the Infantry Center and Commandant of Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Ga.; Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized); Commanding General of VII Corps, U.S. Army Europe; Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command and 3'' Army at Ft. McPherson, Ga.; I Corps Chief-of-Staff Korea; Executive to Army Chief of Staff Creighton Abrams in Washington; leadership instructor at the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point.
General Livsey's military schooling includes the Army War College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated first in his class. He also has a master's degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Make a point to celebrate a real live American Hero.
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