Farrell, Francis William

When North Korean forces invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950, KMAG became the United States Military Advisory Group, Korea, 8668th Army Unit, under the command of the United States Eighth Army. Brigadier General Francis W. Farrell took command of the unit on 25 July. On 28 December 1950, it was renamed as the 8202nd Army Unit.

Francis William Farrell

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Francis William Farrell


Farrell in command of Korean Military Advisory Group, circa 1951

Born May 28, 1900
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 27, 1981(aged80)
Arlington, Virginia
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance biographyUnited States
Service/branch biographyUnited States Army
Yearsof service 19201960
Rank biographyLieutenant General
Commands held 11th Airborne Division Artillery
13th Airborne Division Artillery
Korean Military Advisory Group
82nd Airborne Division
United States V Corps
Seventh United States Army
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Otherwork New York State Civil Defense Director

Francis William Farrell (May 28, 1900 -- January 27, 1981) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. He was notable for his service as commander of the82nd Airborne Division, United States V Corps and Seventh United States Army.

Early life

General Farrell was born on May 28, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1920.

Start of military career

Initially assigned to the Infantry branch, General Farrell graduated from the Infantry Officer Course in 1921.He then served in several Infantry assignments, including postings to Hawaii and China. In 1928 General Farrell transferred to the Field Artillery branch. He completed the Field Artillery Officer Course in 1928.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s General Farrell was an instructor at West Point.

General Farrell graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1939.

World War II

From 1942 to 1944 General Farrell served in the Pacific Theater as chief of staff of the11th Airborne Division. He commanded the 11th Airborne Division Artillery from 1944 to 1946.

Post World War II

After World War II General Farrell was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina as commander of the13th Airborne Division Artillery.

In mid-1946 General Farrell was named chief of staff of the82nd Airborne Division. He served in this assignment for only a few months before being appointed as chief of the Air Branch at Army Ground Forces, where he remained from late 1946 until 1948.General Farrell was named director of the Technical Training Group at Sandia Missile Base, New Mexico in 1948.

Korean War

From 1950 to 1951 General Farrell was commander of the Korean Military Advisory Group, responsible for training and logistical support to the fledgling South Korean Army.

Post Korean War

In 1952 General Farrell was assigned as deputy assistant chief of staff for operations on the Army Staff, serving until 1953.

General Farrell commanded the82nd Airborne Division from 1953 to 1955.

In 1955 he was assigned as special assistant for national security affairs, advising the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Farrell was named to command the U.S. V Corps in 1957, serving until 1959.

In 1959 General Farrell was assigned as commander of the Seventh United States Army, remaining in this post until he reached retirement age in 1960.