Hanging Sam
A Military Biography of General Samuel T. Williams
Military History
6 x 9, 183 pp.
20 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 06/01/2000
Price:        $18.95 s


Published by University of North Texas Press

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Hanging Sam

A Military Biography of General Samuel T. Williams

By Harold J. Meyer

Hanging Sam chronicles the life of Lt. General Samuel T. “Hanging Sam” Williams, who, after being relieved of his duties as Assistant Division Commander of the 90th Infantry Division and demoted from the rank of brigadier general following the 1944 Normany invasion, persevered to recover not only his lost star but two additional ones as well, an accomplishment unmatched in modern U. S. Army history. Following enlistment in the Texas Militia in 1916 to fight Pancho Villa along the U.S.-Mexican border, Williams served in both World Wars, the Korean War (where he commanded the 25th Infantry Dividion), and Vietnam (where from 1955 to 1960 he was Chief of the U. S. Military Assistance and Advisory Group). Wounded twice in battle, Williams was decorated with every medal for valor the Army awards, except the Medal of Honor.

The late Col. Harold “Jack” Meyer served under “Hanging Sam” as a Blue Spader (26th Infantry Regiment) in Bambur, Germany. He held a B.S. degree from Kent State University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.

What Readers Are Saying:

“If you are a student of methods of leadership, . . . if you want to know how hard work, steel strong determination, and plain guts brought a ‘busted’ general officer back to a rank two grades higher one war later, you should read this book.” --Armor

“. . . the bittersweet story of a general who . . . fought his way back to the highest plains the army had to offer.” --World War II

“. . . an accurate, detailed, and highly interesting picture of . . . a top-notch field soldier.” --Infantry


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