GEORGE A. GOODING
"Major General George A. Gooding graduated from Infantry OCS on 23 January 1942. Subsequent assignments were as follows: 1942 - Assigned Inf. Instructor, Fort McClellan, Alabama. 1943 Completed Inf. Adv. Cse. and was assigned to Co I, 345th Regiment., 87th Div. He was then assigned to the 3d Bn., 359th Regiment, 90th Inf. Div. and participated in campaigns in Normandy, (D-Day landing), North France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe as the Bn. XO and Bn. CO. 1945 - Assigned as Training Inspector and XO, S3, at Fort McClellan, Alabama. 1946 - Released from Active duty Oct. 46. l947 - Recalled to Active Duty as a Lieutenant Colonel, he was commissioned in the Regular Army and subsequently served in various command and staff assignments in Guam. 1949 - In August, Gen. Godding was assigned to Headquarters. U.S. Army Security Agency as Plans and Policies Officer. He then attended the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and remained there as in instructor until July 1955, when he returned to ASA to attend the Officers Course at NSA. 1956 - In July he was assigned as the S3 Headquarters. USASA, Europe and in Jul. 1956 assumed command of the 507th ASA Group. 1959 - Became the USASA Chief of Staff in July. 1961 - Attended Army War College and was assigned as Chief, USASA, Pacific. 1964 - Gen. Godding served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Chief, Alternate National Military Command Center in 1964 and was reassigned to the JCS, European/Middle East Division, J-3, in 1965. He remained there until 1967, when he was assigned as Deputy J-2, MACV. 1967 - He was reassigned to Hawaii as Chief USASAPAC. 1969 - He was named Deputy Asst. Chief of Staff, Intelligence and Dep. Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Pacific until May 1972. 1972 - 73, Gen. Godding served as Director of Intelligence, U.S. Military Assist. Command, Vietnam. He assumed command of the U.S. Army Security Agency, Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Virginia, in March 1973 and retired from the Army on 31 August 1975. | His awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. Foreign Awards include the Republic of China Order of Cloud and Banner, Republic of Thailand Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (Second Class - Knight Commander), Republic of Vietnam National Order of Vietnam, Fifth Class, and numerous campaign and service medals.