Group to Maj Gen Edwin K. Wright, MacArthur’s G-3, Inchon planner
Group to Major General Edwin K. Wright, MacArthur’s G-3 in Korea and planner of the Inchon Invasion: Distinguished Service Medal, slot brooch, unnamed, cased; Silver Star, slot brooch, unnamed, cased with ribbon and lapel pin; Legion of Merit, with one oak leaf cluster, wrap brooch, unnamed, cased; Bronze Star, slot brooch, unnamed, cased with ribbon bar and lapel pin; Air Medal, slot brooch, unnamed, cased with ribbon bar and lapel pin; Army Commendation Medal, with one oak leaf cluster, crimp-over-slot brooch, unnamed; World War I Victory Medal, no bar or brooch (worn); American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, with 4 stars; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal, bar “Germany”; Korean Service Medal; Order of the British Empire, officer (second type, military); France Legion of Honor, chevalier; France Croix de Guerre 1939, with palm; Czechoslovakia War Cross 1939; Belgium Order of Leopold, officer, with swords; Belgium Croix de Guerre, with palm; Luxembourg Order of the Oaken Crown, officer; Luxembourg Croix de Guerre 1940; United Nations Korea Medal. With an embroidered ribbon set including these awards; various pieces of insignia. Plus, copies of several books: Omar Bradley’s “A Soldier’s Story”, with Wright’s address label inside; Robert Heinl’s “Victory at High Tide”, inscribed to Wright and mentioning him frequently; William Manchester’s “American Caesar”, with Wright’s address label inside; Roy E. Appleman’s “South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu”, the Army’s official; history of the Korean War, with an autographed presentation to Major General Wright; “Burma: The Untold Story”, by Won-Loy Chan, inscribed to Mrs. Wright in memory of General Wright. With the flag presented to his widow by Fort Ord at General Wright’s funeral and a dog tag issued to General Wright’s wife, Dorothy Childers. With copied photographs of General Wright, copied St. Louis records with award citations and additional research.
Major General Edwin K. “Pinky” Wright was born on 3 December 1898. He joined the Student Army Training Corps in 1918, in Corvallis, Oregon, and served in the Oregon National Guard until 1923. After various school and instructor duties, General Wright became Director of the Tactics Department at The Infantry School. In 1942, he became the operations officer of the Armored Force, where he stressed the need for combined arms training. In 1944, he became chief of the armored section of 12th Army Group. In 1945, he served as deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration. In June 1946, he was appointed deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In late 1949, he became assistant chief of staff for operations of Far East Command, receiving the DSM for that assignment. He also received the Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry in action in the Inchon-Seoul operation” (15-21 September 1951) and the Air Medal for Korea (June-November 1950). After two years commanding the Military District of Washington, General Wright took command of the 6th Infantry Division. He retired from the Army in September 1955 and died 3 September 1983. He is buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.