Colonel Carl E. “Gene” Williams

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
My father never served overseas, but he dedicated his entire working career to the United States Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
He joined the United States Army Reserve in 1949 at the age of 21 and the regular Army a year later. He completed basic training, leadership school and Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant. His active duty assignments included Shop Officer and Company Commander of various units until release from active duty in December 1953.
He joined the California Army National Guard in February 1954 and was assigned as a Company Commander until 1956 when he was transferred to Illinois and joined the U.S. Army Reserve where he was assigned as a Company Commander until his return to California in 1958 when he rejoined the National Guard serving in various command and staff assignments until his retirement in 1984. His final assignment was as chief Transportation, Operation and Managements Division for the State Headquarters.

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