Keyes, Geoffrey, born 30-10-1888 in Ford Bayard, New Mexico, as a son of U.S. Army officer, Captain Alexander S. B. Keyes and his wife, Virginia Maxwell Keyes. Like his father, Geoffrey Keyes enrolled as a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point on 02-03-1908 and graduated on June 12-06-1913 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. His first assignment was with the 6th
, where he served until October, 1916 and participated in the Pancho Villa Expedition
. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1926 and the Army War College in 1937. He was also head football coach for one season in 1917. compiling a record of 7–1. In 1940 he was Chief of Staff of the 2nd
Armoured Division, nickname “Hells on Wheels”
under General Charles Scott
Keyes became Commanding General of the 3rd
Armoured Division, nickname “Spearhead”
in 1942, former commander Maurice Rose
Armored Division had 231 days of combat in World War II, with a total of 2.540 killed, 7.331 wounded, 95 missing, and 139 captured. Total battle and non-battle casualties came to 16.122. From June to September 1942 he commanded the 9th
Armoured Division, nickname “Phantom”
before going to North Africa as Deputy Commanding General of the Ist
, under Georg Smith Patton
and son Patton Jr.
The whole campaign in Normandy caused some 5.000 casualties for the 1st
Corps. From 1943 to 1945 he was Commanding General of II Corps. The US II Corps
was a corps of the United States Army and the first US formation of any size to see combat in Europe or Africa during World War II .
He commanded the Seventh United States Army from 1945 to 1946 and the Third United States Army from 1946 to 1947. In 1947 Keyes was appointed U.S. High Commissioner on the Allied Council for Austria.
Death and burial ground of Keyes, Geoffrey.
He served as Director, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group (WSEG) from 1951-1954. Keyes retired in 1954. He died age 78, on 17-09-1967 in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. and is buried with his wife Leila, born Harrison, who died age 62, on 21-03-1956, at the US Military Academy Post Cemetery at West Point. Closeby the graves of General, “Omaha Beach” , D-Day, Assistant Division Commander of the 29th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Blue and Gray” Norman Cota
, Lieutenant General 82nd Airborne Division, “Slim Jim” James Gavin, and General, 7th Army, Alexander “Sandy” Patch.