Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
B. Garrett began his military career April 28, 1943, as a Private and
served as a combat infantryman in Co. B, 405th Infantry, 102nd Infantry
Division during World War II. After 18 months of combat service in the
European Theater of Operations, he was separated from the Army in the
grade of First Sergeant on March 28, 1946, and remained in the Enlisted
Reserve Corps until May 18, 1948, when he was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Division,
Texas National Guard.
Garrett served in the 36th Division as an infantry unit commander, air
operations officer, operations and training officer, and intelligence
officer until January 15, 1968. Following the inactivation of the 36th
Division, he served as assistant chief of staff, G-2, and assistant
chief of staff, G-3, of the Star Emergency Operations Center and as
commander of the 144th Support Center, RAO. Upon reorganization of the
49th Armored Division on March 1, 1973, he assumed command of the 49th
Armored Division Support Command. During the period Nov. 1, 1975 to
April 1, 1976, Garrett served as the commander of the division's 3rd
Brigade. On April 16, 1976, Garrett was promoted to Brigadier General
with assignment as assistant division commander, 49th Armored Division.
On Feb. 8, 1979, Garrett was assigned as base units commander, Texas
Army National Guard, and was promoted to Major General. He assumed
command of the 49th Armored Division on Nov. 1, 1979, and retired from
military service Jan. 16, 1985, with more than 41 years of service.
John B. Garrett has the distinction of having held every rank from
Private to Major General, with the exception of Technical Sergeant – he
was double-promoted from Staff Sergeant to First Sergeant during the
occupation years in Germany.
Garrett's numerous awards and decorations include the Distinguished
Service Medal, the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the
Meritorious Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the
Combat Infantryman's Badge. Since his retirement, he has continued to
give generously of his time, talents, and resources in support of the
military forces of our state and nation.
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