Harkins, Paul D. (Paul Donal), 1904-



Harkins, Paul D. (Paul Donal), 1904-


LBJ connection: General, U.S. Army; Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Pacific; Commander, U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Group, Vietnam; Bio: Paul Donal Harkins (b. May 15, 1904, Boston, Mass.-d. Aug. 21, 1984, Dallas, Tex.), U.S. Army officer, graduated from West Point in 1929. He was Deputy Chief of Staff during World War II to General Patton, served during the Korean War, and was the first Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) commander from 1962 to 1964, the year he retired. He was commandant of cadets at West Point in 1951 when a cheating ring was exposed and was criticized by some for taking a hard line against those cadets involved in the scandal.


Photo: General Paul Harkins speaks at podium. Sec. Robert S. McNamara is on his right, President Lyndon B. Johnson is on his left. Mrs. Harkins is standing at left side of frame. Presentation of Distinguished Service Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) to General Paul Harkins, East Room, the White House, Washington DC, 6/24/1964. Photo # c494-8-wh64 by Cecil Stoughton. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, Public domain.