William E. Wyrick
Upon graduation of Infantry Officer Candidate School in April 1945 Colonel Wyrick served as a Platoon Leader and Instructor at Camp Wolters, Texas. During his first tour in Japan he served with the 82d Chemical Mortar Battalion as Platoon Leader. | In 1949 he returned to Japan as Detachment Commander, Kumanto Civil Affairs Team and the 24th Infantry Regiment as a Platoon Leader. He served as Company Commander and as G3 with the 24th Division, Korea, 10th Training Division, Fort Riley and CCC, 2d Armed Division, Germany. As a Major he served with the 12th Air Force, Germany as Chief, Ground Defense Branch. In 1957 he returned to Fort Benning as an Evaluation Officer and Executive Officer of the 2d Stu Bn. Upon his return to Korea in 1960 he served as a Bde Si with the 7th Infantry Division. In 1962 he attended the University of Southern Miss where he received his BS Degree. Then in 1963 he was the Battalion Commander of the 2d Training Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. In 1964 he attended Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute. From 1965-1970 while in Vietnam he was the Senior Advisor to the Army Infantry School and the Inspector General of XXIV Corps. Upon his return to the States he served as Deputy Director of Plans and Training, USATC, Fort Jackson; Commander, BCT Command Group, USATCI, Fort Jackson. | Colonel Wyrick’s awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Three Oak Leaf Clusters and V Device, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, CIB, Parachute Badge, and Special Certificate of Valor awarded by Secretary of the Army Frank Pace to members of Task Force Smith, Korea 1950.