Biography

Dolvin, Welborn G. "Tom"
[Capt. CO 89thTB]

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Welborn G. Dolvin


Welborn Griffin Dolvin
Born Siloam, Georgia
Died May 17, 1991(1991-05-17) (aged 75)
Stevensville, Virginia
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Service/branch US Army
Rank Lieutenant General


Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal
Purple Heart
Distinguished Service Medal


Lieutenant General Welborn Griffin Dolvin was born February 8, 1916 in Siloam, Georgia and died May 17, 1991 in Stevensville, Virginia



 Military Career
Cadet, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, 193335
Cadet, United States Military Academy 1935-39, graduated as No. 11582, Class of 1939


 Promotions
Second Lieutenant 1939
[1]
First Lieutenant (AUS) 1940
Captain (AUS) 1942
First Lieutenant 1942
Major (AUS) 1942
Lieutenant Colonel (AUS) 1944
Captain 1948                 at time of Korea
Major 1951
Colonel (AUS) 1951
Brigadier General 1961
Major General 1963
Lieutenant General 1971


 Deployments


Served with 67th Infantry Regiment 1939-41
Company Commander, 756th Tank Battalion 1941-42
S2/S3 & Battalion Executive Officer at Ft. Lewis 1942-43
Commanding Officer, 191st Tank Battalion 1944-46
Chief, Armored Group, Tactical Section, Infantry School 1946-49

Korea


Student, Command & General Staff School 1949-50
Commanding Officer, 89th Tank Battalion 1950-51
Chief of Staff, 25th Infantry Division 1951


Served with Office of the Chief of Research & Development, U.S. Army 1951-53
Student, Army War College 1953-54
Staff & Faculty Member, The Artillery School 1954-56
Served with Office of the Chief of Research & Development, U.S. Army 1956-59
Commander, Combat Command "C", 4th Armored Division 1959-61
Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 (Plans & Operations), Allied Land Forces, Central Europe (NATO) 1961-63
Program Manager, Tank Development Program 1963-66
Commanding General, 3rd Armored Division 1966-68
Chief of Staff, Central Army Group (NATO) 1968-70
Special Assistant to Commander, US. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam 1970
Chief of Staff, US. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam 1970-71
Commanding General, XXIV Corps, Vietnam 1971-72
Commanding General, IX Corps/United States Army, Japan 1972-75
Retired 1975


DoD Representative to Panama Canal Treaty Negotiations 1975-82
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Representative to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions talks 1980-82


Awards and Decorations


Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star (Four)
Legion of Merit (Two)
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal
Purple Heart (Three)
Distinguished Service Medal (Three)
 


July 12, 1950

The
[89th Tank] battalion commander, Welborn G. "Tom" Dolvin (West Point, 1939; ), thirty-four, who had fought in Italy and the ETO, remembered how his outfit was thrown together:

 "On July twelfth, while on the golf course, I. got verbal word that my orders had been changed to Korea.

July 17, 1950

I met a cadre of a hundred fifty-five men from the Second Armored Division in California on July seventeenth.

July 19, 1950

We flew to Tokyo, arriving on July nineteenth, where we picked up another cadre of seventy men.

July 24, 1950

My A Company left Tokyo by ship on July twenty-fourth and

July 31, 1950

arrived in Pusan on July thirty-first. I flew over and met them on the dock at Pusan that day  a mere fifteen days after activation of the outfit .

August 1, 1950

We left Pusan for Masan, joining the Nineteenth and Twenty-seventh regiments on the following day."[7-3]

August 1, 1950

In preparation for this battle both Moore and Mike Michaelis received significant reinforcements: a platoon each of six Sherman medium tanks, mounting 76mm guns. These tanks, salvaged from World War II battle fields during Operation Rollup and refurbished by the Japanese, comprised the advance elements of the 89th Medium Tank Battalion, which Eighth Army had activated in mid-July and assigned initially to the 24th Division.