Farrell, Francis William

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Farrell, Francis, born on 28-05-1900 in Chicago, Illinois, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1920. Initially assigned to the Infantry branch, General Farrell graduated from the Infantry Officer Course in 1921. He then served in several Infantry assignments, including postings to Hawaii and China. In 1928 General Farrell transferred to the Field Artillery branch. He completed the Field Artillery Officer Course in 1928. In the late 1920s and early 1930s General Farrell was an instructor at West Point. General Farrell graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1939. From 1942 to 1944 General Farrell served in the Pacific Theater as Chief of Staff of the 11th Airborne Division, nicknamed  “Angels”  under Lieutenant General, Josef Swing. He commanded the 11th Airborne Division Artillery from 1944 to 1946. After World War II General Farrell was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina as commander of the 13th Airborne Division Artillery. In mid-1946 General Francis Farrell was named Chief of Staff of the famous WWII 82nd Airborne Division, then under command of General, James “Slim Jim” Gavin. The 11th Airborne’s last combat operation of World War II was in the north of Luzon around Aparri, in aid of combined American and Philippine forces who were battling to subdue the remaining Japanese resistance on the island.  Farrell served in this assignment for only a few months before being appointed as Chief of the Air Branch at Army Ground Forces, where he remained from late 1946 until 1948. General Farrell was named director of the Technical Training Group at Sandia Missile Base, New Mexico in 1948. From 1950 to 1951 General Farrell was commander of the Korean Military Advisory Group, responsible for training and logistical support to the fledgling South Korean Army.

Death and burial ground of Farrell, Francis William.

 General Farrell retired in 1960. In retirement General Farrell resided in Arlington, Virginia, where he died, age 80, on 27-01-1981. He is  buried with his wife Anne, born Moore, who died at the very old age of 101 on 20-05-2011, on of Arlington National Cemetery, Section 30. Also buried in Section 30, Lieutenant General, Commander of the 26th Infantry Division, Willard Paul. Close by the graves of Major General. Commander 116th and 29th Division, D-Day, Charles Canham and General Major, Commanding General 3rd Armored Division, North-West Europe, Robert Walker Grow

   , Fleet Deputy Chief Operation, Richard Edwards, Rear Admiral, Frank Akers, Admiral Robert Ghormley, Lieutenant General, Commanded the 5th Marine Division in the occupation of Japan, Thomas Bourke, and Lieutenant General, Commander 2nd Armoured Division, Ted Brooks. Also a remembrance stone for the, age 44, missing in action Brigadier General, Charles Keerans the assistant commander of the 82nd Airborne Division under General Matthew Bunker Ridgway

 

 

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