General James F. Hollingsworth
James Francis Hollingsworth was born on the family farm near Sanger, Texas, on March 24, 1918. He was the oldest of four boys, all of whom served in the United States military in World War II. Obviously, he had wonderful parents who taught him great work ethics growing up on the family farm.
James was accepted at Texas A & M and earned his way through school by working in a creamery. He would report to work at 4:00 in the morning and then return in the evening to do another shift seven days a week. Because of his heavy schedule of going to school and working, he was not able to participate in varsity athletics but was active in extra-curricular sports. After graduating in 1940, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army and assigned to the Second Armored Division.
He went on to serve his country with distinction, participating in seven major campaigns extending from the invasion of North Africa in 1942 to the occupation of Berlin in 1945. He was wounded in action five times during this period.
He commanded a regimental-size armored task force and was recognized by General Patton as one of the two best armored battalion commanders in WW II. The Second Armored Division, nicknamed "Hell on Wheels," was honored by being first to enter Berlin following the German surrender.
During this time, from 1940 to 1945, General Hollingsworth rose in rank from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel at age 26. He had been properly schooled in the military and was handpicked to be one of our future military leaders. He held many important commands. Here are just a few. In the North Vietnamese Siege at Anloc, "Danger 79er," his call sign during his assignment in Vietnam, is credited with great valor under fire during his two tours of duty. Later, from 1973 to 1976, he was the Commanding General in South Korea of the largest Combat Field Armies (13 Divisions) in the world. His mission was to defend the capital city of Seoul and South Korea from invasion by the North.
Following his return to the United States in 1976 General Hollingsworth was directed to evaluate the U.S. Army's capability and potential to meet the threat of the Warsaw Pact in NATO central Europe. The Hollingsworth Report was presented to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. The major thrust required an add-on of $46 billion to correct major deficiencies and enhance the U.S. Army's capabilities.
The Hollingsworth Report briefing to the Senate Armed Services Committee brought about the Nunn–Bartlett Senate Armed Services Committee Study of the entire U.S. Forces' capabilities in NATO central Europe. The result of the Senate investigation not only approved the U.S. Army buildup but also the total commitment to the Defense of Europe. This buildup of the U.S. Forces no doubt impacted greatly on the fall of the Berlin Wall, the demise of the Warsaw Pact, and the shortening of the Cold War. By this time, the General had established himself as both a gallant soldier and a statesman. Today he is one of the most decorated living General Officers in our country.
Lt. Gen. James F. Hollingsworth attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1935-36. A member of the Corps of Cadets, he went on to serve in the corps at Texas A&M University and is the most decorated general officer in the history of the school. He graduated from A&M in May 1940 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Serving in World War II, he participated in seven major campaigns extending from North Africa to the occupation of Berlin in 1945, rising from platoon leader to commander of a regimental-size armored task force in Gen. George Patton's Third Army. He later commanded the Army's XXIV Corps in Vietnam. He retired from active duty in 1976 and formed Hollingsworth Consultants Inc., an aerospace consulting firm
Three Time Recipient Distinguished Service Cross, Four Distinguished Service Medals, Four Silver Stars, Three Legion of Merit Medals,Three Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Soldiers Medal, Four Bronze Stars for Valor,Thirty-eight Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Six Purple Hearts for Combat Wounds