FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS - A WWII Air Force general who served in six campaigns, and a former vice chief of staff of the Army were both inducted into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame on May 24 at 9 a.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center.
The Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates inductees' contributions to the Army and Fort Leavenworth. The 2011 inductees are:
- Air Force Gen. Otto P. Weyland fought in six campaigns during WWII and was called the "best damn general in the Air Corps" by Gen. Patton. He became the deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College in 1945. Later, he served as the commanding general of the U.S. and Allied Air Forces during the Korean War as well as the commanding general of the Tactical Air Command. He retired in 1959. Gen. Weyland will be represented by his grandson Paul Tabler, who is also former U.S. Air Force, to accept the posthumous induction. Weyland's awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal, as well as awards from Great Britain (Commander, Order of the British Empire--for air cover of Normandy Invasion), France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Korea, Thailand, Philippine Islands, Japan and Brazil.
- Gen. J.H. Binford "Bennie" Peay III graduated from Virginia Military Institute and served two tours in Vietnam. He later took command of the 101st Airborne Division in August of 1989 and commanded the division throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was appointed the 24th Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He last served as the Commander-in-Chief of Central Command (CENTCOM) and currently serves as the Virginia Military Institute superintendent. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He wears U.S. campaign ribbons for combat duty in Vietnam, (seven campaigns) and Saudi Arabia (three campaigns) and has received awards from Vietnam, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Both inductees were students and deputy commandants at Fort Leavenworth's Command and General Staff College, which provides an advanced military education to American and international officers.