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MG (Ret.) John E. Hoover (2004)

MG (Ret.) John E. Hoover enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and entered the Signal Corps as a private. He earned an appointment to West Point and graduated in 1947 whereupon he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. His first unit assignment was to the Far East command, 24th Infantry Division, Japan in 1948. He deployed to Korea in 1950 and advanced north with the division across the 38th Parallel. After departing Korea, Hoover earned a masters degree in international relations and was assigned to West Point to teach in the Department of Social Sciences. After subsequent assignments and battalion command, Hoover deployed to Vietnam where he took command of the 1st Regional Signal group. In 1970, he was promoted to brigadier general and assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, as deputy commander of the U.S. Army Communications Command. Upon his promotion to major general, he was assigned as director of the joint tactical communications office which developed the TRI-TAC equipment in use across the services today. Hoover retired in 1978 and worked frequently as a consultant to GTE Corporation playing a key role in the development and fielding of mobile subscriber equipment (MSE). in 1980, MG Leo Childs, the Signal Center's commanding general and Chief of Signal, named Hoover as the historian emeritus of the U.S. Army Signal Regiment. He continues to research, write and speak on military history subjects with a special focus on his beloved Signal Corps.

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   Hoover,   circa 1973.

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