Hezekiah W.C. Furman

Hezekiah W.C. Furman

Hezekiah W.C. Furman

Lieutenant Colonel Hezekiah Wyndol Carroll Furman was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School on 29 November 1944. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, Company B, First Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Seventh U.S. Army, European Theater of Operations, in Eastern France. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Motor Officer, Paris, France; Executive Officer, Antwerp, Belgium; Student, Army Information School, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Executive Officer, 1674th Engineer Utility Detachment, Rheims, France; Training Officer, 29th Base Post Office, Munich, Germany; Student, Basic Course, Army Anti-Aircraft School, Fort Bliss, Texas; Student, Parachute and Glider School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon Leader, 503rd Airborne, Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; S-4, 88th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 11th Airborne Division, Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Courts and Boards Officer, 11th Airborne Division, Artillery Headquarters, 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Student, Advanced Artillery School; Platoon Leader, 88th Airborne, Artillery Battalion, 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Student, School of Law, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Lawyer, Military Affairs Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, 4th U.S. Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Student, Officer's Basic Course, The Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia; Lawyer, Military Claims Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, Fourth U.S. Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Lawyer, Trial Counsel, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, 8th U.S. Army, Seoul, Korea; Lawyer, Trial Counsel, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, Ryukyus Command, Okinawa; Judge, Occupation Courts of the High Commissioner of the Ryukyus Command, Okinawa; Student, Officer's Advanced Class, The Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia; Lawyer, Executive Officer, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Lawyer, Staff Judge Advocate, 3rd Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany; Lawyer, Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Logistical Command, Fort Hood, Texas. | Colonel Furman attended the University of South Wales, Swansea, Wales, Great Britain in the Army Training Within Civilian Agencies Program in 1945. His military education and training includes: Officer's Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia; the Public Relations Officer's Course at the Army Information School, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; the Officer's Basic Course of the Army Anti-Aircraft School, Fort Bliss, Texas; the Parachute and Glider School, Fort Benning, Georgia; the Officer's Advanced Course of the Army Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Bliss, Texas; Officer's Basic Course at the Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Industrial War College (by mail), Washington, D.C.; the Officer's Advanced Course at the Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Academy of International Law, the Peace Palace, the Hague, Netherlands. He also attended the Law School of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. After retiring from the United States Army in 1965, he was serving as the oldest full-time attorney in Kershaw County, South Carolina where he was a Senior Partner of Furman, Speedy and Stegner, a trial law firm. | His military awards include the Good Conduct Medal, for service as an enlisted Soldier; the American Theatre Campaign Medal; the European Theatre Campaign Medal w/3 battle stars; the Bronze Star Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Purple Heart Medal; the Victory Medal for World War II; the Occupation Medal (Germany); the National Service Medal; the Combat Infantryman Badge; the Basic Army Parachutist's Badge; the Army Gliderman's Badge; the Basic Parachutist's Badges for the Republic of China (Nationalist China on Taiwan); Guatelmala; El Salvador; Mexico; Dominican Republic; Israel; Republic of South Africa; East Germany (Former Deutsche Democratic Republic); Poland; Hungary; the Soviet Union; People's Republic of China (Mainland China); Royal Thai Army; Royal Thai Army Balloon Jumper; Royal Thai Marines; Royal Air Force; Royal Thai Air Force Skydiver and the Phillipines Air Force. The foreign badges were all awarded when Colonel Furman was almost 65 years old. The last six badges were awarded in October 1993, when he was almost 72 years old.

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  • Rank

    Lieutenant Colonel

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Highest Award

    Bronze Star Medal

  • Year Inducted

    1994

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_01674