Fayette honors its 4-star general

Tue, 11/25/2008 - 4:43pm
By: The Citizen

Last week the City of Fayetteville honored local resident General (Ret.) William J. Livsey. Mayor Ken Steele read a proclamation from the City, citing the military career of General Livsey, and of the naming of Highway 314 from Georgia State 85 to the Clayton County line in his honor.

Of the 38 general and flag officers produced by North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU) over its 135 year history, General Livsey is the only four star general. General Livsey is a 1952 graduate of NGCSU.

Livsey is a native of Clarkston, Georgia. He is a 1952 graduate of NGCSU. Years later he served as a trustee for the university foundation. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army. He has a Masters degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Livsey’s military schooling includes the Infantry Officer basic and advanced courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated first in his class, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College.

In May 1984, and until his retirement on June 30, 1987, Livsey served as Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Commander-in-Chief Combined Forces Command/ Commander, United States Forces, Korea/Commanding General Eighth United States Army.

Upon retirement, Gen. Livsey and his wife Bena Sue became permanent residents of Fayetteville.

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