HUFF GILMAN A - O-0408081 - 1950/10/09 - SC - Greenville - RTD - 7th Cav Regt (Inf)-1st Cav Div
|NAME OF CASUALTY||HUFF GILMAN A||HUFF GILMAN A|
|SERVICE PREFIX AND NUMBER||O-0408081||O-0408081|
|GRADE CODE||C||Lieutenant Colonel|
|PLACE OF CASUALTY||L5||South Korea|
|DAY OF CASUALTY||9||9|
|MONTH OF CASUALTY||10||OCTOBER|
|YEAR OF CASUALTY||&||1950|
|STATE OF RESIDENCE||47||South Carolina|
|COUNTY OF RESIDENCE||045||Greenville|
|TYPE OF CASUALTY||RTD||Returned to Duty (FECOM)|
|PREVIOUS/DETAIL CODE OF CASUALTY||4||Seriously wounded in action by missile|
|CASUALTY GROUP CODE||F||Returned to Duty (FECOM)|
|PLACE OF DISPOSITION||L7||Japan|
|DAY OF DISPOSITION||11||11|
|MONTH OF DISPOSITION||0||Oct|
|YEAR OF DISPOSITION||&||1950|
|YEAR OF BIRTH|
|MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY CODE||1542||Field Communications Chief|
|TROOP PROGRAM SEQUENCE NUMBER||16001||CV DIV INF - 1ST|
|TROOP PROGRAM SEQUENCE NUMBER ELEMENT SEQUENCE||60||CV DIV CAV REGT INF|
|RACE CODE OR RACIAL GROUP CODE||1||White|
|COMPONENT||3||Organized Reserve Corps (ORC)|
|LINE OF DUTY|
|DISPOSITION OF EVACUATIONS|
The 10th Division did not jump off until August 12, three days behind the 3rd, a lapse that gave Hap Gay time to redeploy Clainos's Clouters.
The 2/7 now had a new, aggressive, and battle-experienced commander. He was Gilman A. Huff, a former enlisted man who had won a battlefield commission and numerous medals for valor in the ETO. He was "a strange individual," Gay wrote, a "trial" and a "drunk" when resting but a wonderful" fighter in war.
The 2/7 was backed by the steady 77th FAB. Its commander, William A. ("Billy") Harris, was a West Point (1933) classmate of Pete Clainos and an aggressive and colorful officer. He was one of two sons of a retired Army major general and the nephew of West Pointer General Peter C. Harris, who had been the powerful adjutant general of the Army in World War I and afterward. Billy's older brother, Hunter, one year ahead of him at West Point, was a well-known Air Force bomber expert who had, in 1950, been selected as a brigadier general, and was to go on to four stars.
These high Army connections had probably saved Billy Harris from being washed out of West Point. In 1933, when he was a first classman (senior), standing high in his class, he developed such severe stomach trouble" that the medical department recommended he not graduate. Learning of this, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur summoned Harris to Washington for a personal interview. Standing at attention, knees knocking, Harris made a good case for being allowed to graduate. "Do you think you're well enough to be an officer?" MacArthur asked.
"Yes, sir," Harris replied.
"I do too," MacArthur said, concluding the interview and dismissing Cadet Harris. "Go back to West Point."
In World War II, while older brother Hunter was gaining fame and glory in the Eighth Air Force, Billy was stuck in an ETO staff job, albeit one of the most fascinating and hush-hush in the theater. He was a senior American representative on the British conceived deception plan for the Overlord invasion. Known as Fortitude, the plan was designed to convince Hitler and his generals that Overlord was a feint, that the real invasion would come at the Pas de Calais and in Norway. The job cleared Harris for Ultra (information from breaking the German military codes) and other high-level secrets, but it denied him a combat command. He finished out the war in the ETO on Omar Bradley's Twelfth Army Group intelligence staff and then spent three postwar years in the Pentagon, still suffering from a bad stomach.
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Wednesday August 2, 1950 (Day 039)