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army officer , consultant civil engineer

Raymond Albert Wheeler, American army officer, consultant civil engineer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Silver Star, Air medal, Legion of Merit; created honorary knight Great Britain, 1944, Indian Empire, 1947, Thailand, 1945; Hoover gold medal American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, I.E.E.E., 1958.

Background

Wheeler, Raymond Albert was born on July 31, 1885 in Peoria, Illinois, United States. Son of Stephen Andrew and Margaret (Maple) Wheeler.

Education

Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1911. Graduated from Army School Engineering, 1913, Command and General staff schedul, 1927, Army War College, 1937. Honorary Doctor of Science, Bradley U., 1961, University of North Carolina, 1962.

Career

; 1 daughter, Margaret Irene (Mistress William C. Wilkinson, Junior). Married second, Virginia Morsey, June 17, 1959. Commissioned Second lieutenant, C.E., United States Army, 1911, advanced through grades to Lieutenant general, 1944.

Wartime service in Vera Cruz (Mexico) Expedition, 1914, in France, Germany and Italy, World War I, in Persian Gulf area, China, Burma, India and S.E. Asia, World World War II. Deputy supreme allied commander S.E. Asia Command, 1944. Commanding general India-Burma theatre, 1945.

Peacetime service in Panama Canal, Hawaiian Islands, various engineer districts in the United States. Chief engrs. United States Army, 1945-1949. Retired, 1949; engineering adviser International Bank Reconstrn. and Development, 1949-1964.

Representative International Bank Reconstrn. and Development in water dispute negotiations with India and Pakistan over waters of Indus Basin, 1952-1960. Special United Nations assignments include clearance Suez Canal, 1956-1957, chief Mekong River Survey Mission, Asia, 1957-1958, operation Congo, 1960, 63. Member, chairman advisory board Mekong Coordination Committee, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, 1960-1969.

Member Columbia Board Review, B.C. Hydro and Power Authority, Vancouver, 1963-1971.

Membership

Member, chairman advisory board Mekong Coordination Committee, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, 1960-1969. Member Columbia Board Review, B.C. Hydro and Power. Member American Institute Cons.

Engineers, American International Assurance (honorary), Society American Military Engineers (vice president 1949).

Connections

Married Olive Keithley, June 29, 1912 (deceased.; married second, Virginia Morsey, June 17, 1959.

father:
Stephen Andrew Wheeler

mother:
Margaret (Maple) Wheeler

spouses:
Olive Keithley

Virginia Morsey