Weatherford in Parker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Parker County Gold Star Family Memorial Monument
U.S. Army General William Hood Simpson
19 May 1888 - 15 Aug. 1980
Born near Weatherford, he earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in 1905, and graduated in 1909. While often overlooked in the history of the European Theater of Operations, William H. Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, proved to be one of the most effective American generals of World War II. Calm, modest, and utterly dependable, Simpson led the Ninth Army through some of the war's bloodiest fighting.
Dwight D. Eisenhower summarized his experience with Simpson as follows: "If Simpson ever made a mistake as an Army Commander, it never came to my attention… Alert, intelligent, and professionally culpable, he was the type of leader that American soldiers deserve. It was unfortunate that shortly after the war ill-health forced his retirement before he was promoted to four-star grade, which he had so clearly earned."
Parker County Supports Its Military
We don't know them all, but we owe them all. Heroes never die…they live on in our
Topics. This monument and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II.
Location. 32° 44.658′ N, 97° 48.538′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Texas, in Parker County. Memorial is on Thrush Street, 0.1 miles north of Mockingbird Lane, on the right when traveling north. The memorial stands at Soldier Spring Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 Thrush Street, Weatherford TX 76086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldier Spring Park (within shouting distance of this marker); August 17, 1945 B-29 Crash (approx. ¼ mile away); Grace First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chandor Gardens (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mount Pleasant Colored School (approx. 0.8 miles away); James Claude Wright House (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); All Saints' Episcopal Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
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