William F. “Buck” Kernan

KERNAN,WILLIAM
William F. “Buck” Kernan

William F. “Buck” Kernan

"Major General William F. "Buck" Kernan was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School on 6 November 1968. His first duty assignment was as LNO, HHC 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, 101st Vietnam; Company Commander, 82d Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Area Commander Recruiting, Austin, Texas; Company Commander, 2/75 Rangers, Fort Lewis, Washington; Company Commander, 2/75 Rangers, Fort Lewis, Washington; A/53, 2/75 Rangers, Fort Lewis, Washington; Infantry Assignments Officer, Alex, Virgina; Company Commander of British Parachute Regiment, U.K.; Bn Executive Officer, 82d Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion Commander, 82d Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion Commander, 1/75 Rangers, Hunter Army Air Field, Georgia; Deputy Regimental Commander, 75th Rangers, Fort Benning, Georgia. | Military schools attended include: Airborne, Ranger Course, Jumpmaster, Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Jungle Warfare, Command and General Staff College, United States Army War College. | General Kernan's awards and decorations include: Bronze Star w/ V and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 Campaign Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/ 2; Army Service Ribbons, Overseas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, British Jump Wings, Canadian Jump Wings, Egyptian Jump Wings."

Additional Information

  • Rank

    Brigadier General

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Graduation Year

    1968

  • Highest Award

    Bronze Star Medal

  • Year Inducted

    1989

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_01283

  • DM ID#

    DM_00011