Services for retired Gen. Richard E. Cavazos, 88, of San Antonio, will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Porter Loring North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, with internment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Mr. Cavazos died Oct. 29, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Kingsville and grew up on the famed King Ranch.
Mr. Cavazos graduated in 1951 from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in the regular Army from Texas Tech’s ROTC program.
In 1952 in Korea, he commanded the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers. In Vietnam, he commanded the 1st Battalion 18th Infantry Division of the 1st Infantry Division, The Big Red One. He commanded at every level of command in the United States Army to include command of the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington, and III Corps at Fort Hood.
Mr. Cavazos twice was awarded the nation’s second highest combat decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, twice awarded the Silver Star, five times awarded the Bronze Star with V Device and wore 29 other combat awards, including the Purple Heart Medal. He was also an Airborne Ranger qualified and wore one star on his Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
He graduated from the Infantry Advance Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Command and General Staff Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the British Staff College, Camberley, England; the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia; and the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
He was promoted to general (four stars) in February 1982 and assumed command of the U.S. Army’s largest command, the U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Mr. Cavazos retired from active service July 1, 1984, and resided in San Antonio. He is in the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame, the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor (football) as well as a Distinguished Alumni at Texas Tech University.
In 1952, Mr. Cavazos married Caroline Greek, who soldiered with him through 27 moves in 33 years, was his strength, his love and his financial wizard for 65 years. Also surviving him is his daughter, Laura Blevins and husband Jerry; daughter, Katherine Cavazos; daughter, Dr. Rebecca Cavazos and husband Dr. Robert Lyons; son, Thomas Cavazos and wife Katy; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
“Esteemed comrades: be assured of my affection, regard, and great, great gratitude. Thank you for soldiering, thank you for sustaining this great land. God love you.”
Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Tech Foundation in memory of Gen. Richard E. Cavazos at P.O. Box 45025, Lubbock, TX 79409, or donate.give2tech.com or 866-GIVETTU. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.