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Name:Thomas Troy Handy
Affiliation:Class of 1914
Biography & Genealogy:Thomas Troy Handy, Class of 1914: Genealogy: Born- March 11, 1892 in Spring City, Tenn. Father- Thomas Reed Handy (Methodist Minister); Mother- Caroline Sophia Hall. Pat. Grandfather- John Handy; Pat. Grandmother- Grace Ann Duvall. Mat. Grandfather- Bolling Hall; Mat. Grandmother- Mary Louisa Crenshaw. Married- Alma Hudson Johnson. Daughter- Mary Olivia Handy, who married Harry J. Parker. VMI Record: Briefly attended Emory & Henry before enrolling at VMI. Matriculated VMI- Sept. 26, 1911 as 3rd Classman (Sophomore); Graduated- June 26, 1914 standing 7th in a class of 61. Military Service: Served in the Field Artillery of U.S. Army 1916-1954. Served in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I and as Deputy Chief of Staff with Gen. George C. Marshall during World War II. Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre in World War I; Distinguished Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster) and Legion of Honor in World War II. He was also an Honorary Knight of the British Empire. Highest Rank: General. Careers: Military Careerist (see service above); Field Artillery Instructor at VMI 1921-25; Commanded the U.S. Fourth Army after World War II; Held post ad Deputy Commander of U.S. Armed Forces in Germany until his retirement in 1954. Died- April 14, 1982 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.