Mil­i­tary of­fi­cer posthu­mously hon­ored


An in­flu­en­tial mil­i­tary of­fi­cer from Luzerne County was posthu­mously hon­ored last week at the Fort Hood U.S. Army base in Texas.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing the com­mand­ing gen­eral of the base, were on hand to pay trib­ute to the late Lt. Gen. John J. Yeosock as a me­mo­rial park was ded­i­cated in his name.

“What an af­fair I tell you,” his brother, Plains Twp. fu­neral direc­tor Michael Yeosock, 84, said. “Tears came to my eyes when they talked about the things he did. I also was very happy.”

Lt. Gen. Yeosock, a Plains Twp. na­tive, once com­manded the United States Army Cen­tral, for­merly the Third United States Army, the unit once headed by Gen. Ge­orge Patton dur­ing World War II. He served in that role from 1989 to 1992.

A three-star gen­eral, he was the com­man­der of all coali­tion ground forces, about 330,000 sol­diers, dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Desert Shield and Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm af­ter Iraq in­vaded Kuwait in Au­gust 1990.

Lt. Gen. Yeosock was sta­tioned mul­ti­ple times at Fort Hood, of­ten called “The Great Place,” dur­ing his ca­reer.

“Some­how Fort Hood wanted to honor him be­cause he was a main per­son here,” Yeosock said.

Lt. Gen. Yeosock was raised in Plains Twp. and later grad­u­ated from the Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Acad­emy.

He joined the Re­serve Of­fi­cers Train­ing Corps at Penn State Univer­sity, grad­u­at­ing in 1959.

As an Army of­fi­cer, he served sev­eral com­bat de­ploy­ments dur­ing the Viet­nam War. He later served in Ger­many, Korea, Saudi Ara- bia and across the United States.

Dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm, he was cred­ited with or­ga­niz­ing the in­fa­mous “left hook” against the Iraqi Army that helped end the war in days.

Lt. Gen. Yeosock re­tired af­ter 33 years, 3 days on ac­tive duty. Af­ter re­tire­ment, he moved to Peachtree City, Ge­or­gia. He died on Feb. 15, 2012.

Fol­low­ing a lo­cal wake and me­mo­rial ser­vice, Lt. Gen. Yeosock was laid to rest in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.


Lt. Gen. John Yeosock's wife Betta speaks at a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing him last week at Fort Hood, Texas.


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