Richard E. Cavazos
|Richard E. Cavazos|
General Richard E. Cavazos
|Birth name||Richard Edward Cavazos|
|Born||January 31, 1929|
Kingsville, Texas, U.S.
|Died||October 29, 2017 (aged 88)|
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||1951–1984|
|Unit||65th Infantry (Korean War)|
|Commands held||1st Battalion, 18th Infantry (1967)|
2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry (1976)
9th Infantry Division (1977–1980)
III Corps (1980–1982)
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross (2) Silver Star (2) |
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device (5)
Air Medal with Valor Device (9)
|Other work||Texas Tech Board of Regents|
Richard Edward Cavazos (January 31, 1929 – October 29, 2017), was a United States Army four-star general. He was a Korean War recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross as a first lieutenant. He advanced in rank to become the United States Army's first Hispanic four-star general.
During the Vietnam War, as a lieutenant colonel, Cavazos was awarded a second Distinguished Service Cross. In 1976, Cavazos became the first Mexican American to reach the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army.
Cavazos served for thirty-three years, with his final command as head of the U.S. Army Forces Command.
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