Geoffrey Keyes

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Geoffrey Keyes
Born (1888-10-30)October 30, 1888
Fort Bayard, New Mexico
Died September 17, 1967(1967-09-17) (aged 78)
Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C
Place of burial West Point Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1913–1950
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 3d Armored Division
9th Armored Division
II Corps
Seventh United States Army
Third United States Army
Battles/wars Pancho Villa Expedition
World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
Silver Star (2)
Bronze Star

Geoffrey Keyes (October 30, 1888 – September 17, 1967) was a highly decorated officer of the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant General, who commanded the II Corps during World War II.

Early life

Geoffrey Keyes was born on October 30, 1888 in Fort 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 March 2, 1908 and graduated on June 12, 1913 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. His first assignment was with the 6th Cavalry Regiment, where he served until October, 1916 and participated in the Pancho Villa Expedition.

His next assignment was at United States Military Academy at West Point, where he served as an instructor of French language. He was also head football coach for one season in 1917. compiling a record of 7–1.

His interwar service included duty with Panama Canal Division as an Assistant Chief of Staff (G-3), instructor at United States Military Academy at West Point and at Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas and Chief of Supply of Supply Division within War Department. He also graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1926 and the Army War College in 1937.

World War II

In 1940, he was Chief of Staff of the 2nd Armored Division. Keyes became Commanding General of the 3d Armored Division in 1942. From June to September 1942, he commanded the 9th Armored Division before going to North Africa as Deputy Commanding General of the I Armored Corps. From 1943 to 1945, he was Commanding General of II Corps. 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. He served as Director, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group (WSEG) from 1951 to 1954. Keyes retired in 1954 and died on September 17, 1967 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C..[1] He is interred at West Point.


Lieutenant general Keyes's ribbon bar:

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Army Distinguished Service Medal w/ two Oak Leaf Clusters Silver Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster Legion of Merit Bronze Star Medal
2nd Row Mexican Service Medal World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal
3rd Row European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ one silver and two bronze service stars World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal National Defense Service Medal
4th Row Honorary Companion of the Order of the Bath (United Kingdom) Commandeur of the Legion of Honour French Croix de guerre 1939–1945 w/ palm Grand Officer of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite
5th Row Grand Officer of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Italy) Silver Medal of Military Valor (Italy) Grand Officer of the Military Order of the White Lion Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945
5th Row Military Order of Savoy (Italy) Papal Lateran Cross (Vatican) Officer of the Legion of Honour

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Army Cadets (Independent) (1917)
1917 Army 7–1
Army: 7–1
Total: 7–1


  1. AP (September 19, 1967). "GEOFFREY KEYES, COMBAT LEADER; Commanding General of 2d Corps in Italy Dies at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Military offices
Preceded by
Wade H. Haislip
Commanding General of the Seventh United States Army
September 1945 – March 31, 1946
Succeeded by
Oscar Griswold
Preceded by
Lucian K. Truscott
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
1 April 1946 – 10 January 1947
Succeeded by
Ernest N. Harmon