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Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop

Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop[1]

Male 1919 - 1994  (75 years)

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  • Name Thomas Sarns Bishop  [2
    Prefix Major General 
    Born 12 Jan 1919  Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military 1943 
    • At this time, General Bishop, the husband of Elizabeth Marie ("Betty") Chute, was a Captain in the 99th Infantry Division: "During the Battle of the Bulge, in the Ardennes forest, the 99th Division distinguished itself in the critical fighting to hold the Eisenborn Ridge - the gateway to Belgium. At the time of the Allied counter attack to close the Bulge, Gen. Bishop became the Operations officer of the 99th Infantry Division. He was now well prepared for this assignment. The Allied forces, led by the American GIs halted then reversed the enemy. The 99th Division was the first complete infantry division to cross the Rhine River at Remagen. They fought fiercely in the Ruhr pocket, crossing the Danube and continued fighting across Germany."
      Source: Texas State Cemetery Records, Austin, Texas
    Died 5 Oct 1994  Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 10 Oct 1994  Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

      Thomas Sarns Bishop, Brevet Lieutenant General, Texas Army Guard and Major.Generl (Ret'd) Army of the United States.

      General Bishop began his military service in 1934, when he enlisted in Company F. (later Company C), 141st Infantry in San Antonio, Texas. At the time, he was 15 years old. His youthful age proved no obstacle, however, as he rose steadily through the ranks to the grade of sergeant by November 1940.

      General Bishop was inducted into active federal service with the 36th Infantry Division on November 25, 1940. At that time, he was appointed Second Lieutenant of Infantry and assigned for duty in Company C, 141st Infantry. He served as Infantry Company Commander and Battalion S3 with units of the 141st Infantry. He served as Aide, Liaison Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and as the Operations Officer with Headquarters 99th Infantry Division. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, June 14, 1941; Captain, June 1942; Major, April 1944, and Lieutenant Colonel in January 1946.

      On December 10, 1946, General Bishop returned to the Texas Army National Guard and was assigned, in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, as Operations Officer, headquarters, 36th Infantry Division. He was later assigned as Chief of Staff, 36th Infantry Division and promoted to Colonel on March 7, 1953. General Bishop was appointed Assistant Adjutant General of Texas on September 1, 1960, and promoted to Brigadier General November 16, 1960. He was transferred to Assistant Division Commander, 36th Infantry Division on September 22, 1961. On January 1,1962, he was appointed Adjutant General of Texas by Governor Price Daniel. He served as Adjutant General of Texas during the administration of Governor John Connally and on March 12, 1969 he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve.

      General Bishop voluntarily reverted to the rank of Colonel, Infantary, and was appointed as Assistant Director, Research and Development, U.S. Continental Army Command.

      On February 6, 1973, he was recalled as Adjutant General of Texas by Governor Dolph Briscoe and was reappointed as Major General and reconfirmed by the United States Senate on March 1,1973.

      General Bishop was brevetted Lieutenant General and retired from the Texas Guard and from the Army of the United States January 12, 1979, after 44 and one-half years of military service. He is the only person to serve in this office under three different Texas governors. The Texas Guard All-Faiths Chapel at Camp Mabry, Austin, is named in his honor.

      Awards and Decorations
      U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit Bronze Star with V/Device, Oak Leaf Cluster to Bronze Star, French Croix de Guerre with Star, Belgium Fourragere; Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commandation Medal; World War II Victory Medal: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Three Service Stars; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three Hour Glass Devices; Texas Service Medal; Texas Faithful Service Medal with Eight Cactus Leaves; Texas Meritorious Service Medal; Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal; Texas Outstanding Service Medal.

      Veterans of Foreign Wars - Service Plaque
      "In Appreciation for Dedicated and Devoted Service to His Nation."

      Department of the Army, National Guard Bureau - Eagle Award
      "For Exemplary Service to His State and Nation Over a Period of Four Decades."

      Guard of the Republic - Plaque
      "For Your Assistance and Support in the Formation of This Unique and Historic Military Unit."

      National Guard Association of Texas - Minute Man Award
      "First President and Exceptional Leadership."

      Military Order of World Wars Outstanding Member Award.
      "Exemplary and Outstanding Service to the Nation During Peace and War."

      National Guard Association of the United States - Distinguished Service Medal
      "For Courageous and Steadfast leadership that Inspired the Rank and File of the Association to Strive to Render Greater Service to the Nation."

      Selective Service System - Meritorious Service Award.
      "In Recognition of Meritorious Service of Benefit to the Nation and the Selective Service System."

      Civic Affiliations
      Tarrytown Methodist Church; Masonic Order, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Association of the United States Army; National Guard Association of the United States (Life Member); National Guard Association of Texas (Life Member); Texas State Guard Association (Life Member); Military Order of the World wars; Retired Officers Association (Past Board Member); Texas Public Employees Association; Sons of Confederate Veterans; Travis County Grand Jury Association.

      Civic Activities:
      Foreman, Travis County Grand Jury, Fall Term 1979; Former Trustee and Treasurer, Texas Public Employees Political Action Committee; Former Retired Member, Legislative Committee, Texas Public Employees Association. Austin Chapter nominee 1979 Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Award; Second Vice-President(Legislative Liaison) Texas Council, Retired Officers Association; President, Texas Military Forces Museum Board of Directors and substitute teacher, Men's Bible Class, TarrytownChurch.

      High School, San Antonio, Texas, 1935; The Infantry School 1942; Command and General Staff College, 1943, U.S. Air Force Air Ground Operations, 1952; Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 1952; Army Management School, 1963; Army War College, 1973; Numerous short courses and seminars.

      Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday at the Texas Guard All Faiths Chapel at Camp Mabry in Austin.

      Mr. Bishop is survived by his wife, Betty Marie Bishop of Austin; daughters, Betsey Ann Bishop of Austin and Eva Ruth Bishop of Sandy, Utah; and sisters, Elizabeth Jones of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Florence Dornbluth of San Antonio, Texas.

      In lieu of flowers. memorial contributions may be made to Texas Milltary Forces Museum or The Texas Guard All Faith Chapel Fund.

      Arrangements by Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar.

      «b»Type:«/b» Book
      «b»Title:«/b»«i»Chute Family in America in the 20th Century«/i»
      «b»Author:«/b» George Maynard Chute, Jr.
      «b»Publication:«/b» University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan & London
      «b»Date:«/b» 1967
      «b»LOCA:«/b» Privately held

      «b»Record Type:«/b» State Cemetery Records
      «b»Location:«/b» Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
      «b»Individual:«/b» Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop, Adjutant General of Texas
      «b»This Source Has Been Cited for:«/b» «u»Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop «/u», and Elizabeth Marie ("Betty") Chute Bishop
      «b»GROUP NO:«/b» Chute Family Records/GP125-2

      «b»Record Type:«/b» Family Genealogical Database
      «b»Title:«/b» Melba Bishop's Family
      «b»Entries:«/b» 6138
      «b»Updated:«/b» Sun Aug 3 17:21:06 2003
      «b»Author/Researcher:«/b» Melba Bishop
      «b»URL:«/b» «u»<>«/u»
      «b»Individual:«/b» I0383: Thomas Sumpter Bishop
      «b»This Source Has Been Cited for:«/b» «u»Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop «/u», and Elizabeth Marie ("Betty") Chute Bishop
      «b»GROUP NO:«/b» Chute Family Records/GP125-2
    Person ID I50872  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2012 

    Father Thomas Sumpter Bishop,   b. 20 Jul 1886,   d. 2 May 1927  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Evalyn Rebecca Sarns,   b. 25 Jun 1886,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551614451  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Marie ("Betty") Chute 
     1. Betsey Ann Bishop
     2. Eva Ruth Bishop
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F551613273  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop.
    Major General Thomas Sarns Bishop.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1490] Jerry Eakle, Jerry Eakle; 2050 Longley Lane #505; Reno, Nevada 89502, (Jerry Eakle 2050 Longley Lane #505 Reno, Nevada 89502 United States Jerry Eakle 2050 Longley Lane #505 Reno, Nevada 89502 United States).

    2. [S1522] Chute Family in America in the 20th Century, George Maynard Chute, Jr., (University Microfilms International).

    3. [S1633] Conversations with George Maynard Chute, III.