Charles H. Bonesteel III
Charles H. Bonesteel III
General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel III
Nickname Tick Born September 26, 1909
New York City, New York
Died October 13, 1977 (aged 68)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery Allegiance United States of America Service/branch United States Army Years of service 1931-1969 Rank General Commands held 24th Infantry Division
Eighth United States Army
United States Forces Korea
United Nations Command Korea
( CINC USFK/UNC )
Battles/wars World War II Awards Legion of Merit (2) Relations Major General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel, Jr. (father)
General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel III (September 26, 1909 – October 13, 1977) was an American military commander, the son and grandson of American military officers.
He was an Eagle Scout (1925). As an adult, he was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America. Bonesteel was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. In the Army, Bonesteel was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal twice and the Legion of Merit twice.
A 1931 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Bonesteel received the lifelong nickname of "Tick." He served in the United States and Europe during World War II in a number of senior staff assignments. With the surrender of Japan imminent, Bonesteel, General George A Lincoln and Colonel Dean Rusk of the Strategy Policy Committee at the Pentagon were tasked with drawing up General Order No. 1 to define the areas of responsibility for US, Soviet and Chinese forces. On August 10, 1945 with Soviet forces already moving through Manchuria into northern Korea, Bonesteel proposed the 38th parallel as the Division of Korea. The draft General Order was cabled to the Soviets on 15 August and accepted by them the following day.
In the postwar era, Bonesteel served as a special assistant to the Secretary of State. In November 1958, in an official capacity, he visited the city of Saigon, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).
Also post World War II, he is chiefly known as the Commander of United States Forces Korea (and Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command Korea; Commanding General, Eighth Army) from 1966-1969. During this period he defended against North Korean infiltration during the Korean DMZ Conflict (1966-1969) and dealt with the tensions arising from the Pueblo Incident.
He retired from the Army in 1969. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery near his father, Major General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel, Jr., and grandfather.
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