Public Law 508
CHAPTER 537

July 19, 1954
[S. 1468]

AN ACT

To authorize the President to appoint to the grade of general in the Army of the United States those officers who, in grade of lieutenant general, during World War II commanded the Army Ground Forces, commanded an Army, commanded Army forces which included a field army and supporting units, or commanded United States forces in China and served as chief of staff to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in the China Theater of Operations, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized to appoint to the grade of general in the Army of the United States any officer who, while serving in the grade of lieutenant general, by virtue of assignment was—

(1) the commanding general of the Army Ground Forces at any time between March 8, 1942, and August 16, 1945,
(2) in command, as Army Commander, of an Army of the United States in either the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations at any time between December 11, 1941, and May 8, 1945, or the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations at any time between December 8, 1941, and August 16, 1945, or
(3) in command of Army forces which included one or more field armies and supporting units in the above-designated theaters of operations at any time between March 8, 1942, and August 16, 1945,
(4) the commanding general of the United States forces in China and chief of staff to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in the China Theater of Operations at any time between December 8, 1941, and August 16, 1945,
(5) in command of Western Defense Command between December 5, 1939, and June 15, 1943,

and, if retired, to advance any such officer to such grade of general on the retired list. Any such officer who died prior to the date of enactment of this Act, or prior to appointment hereunder, may be so appointed posthumously. No increase of basic or retired pay or allowances shall result from the enactment of this Act or any appointment hereunder.

Approved July 19, 1954.