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William Edgar Shedd, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal (United States); Legion of Merit (United States); Order of the Black Star (France) Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa (Panama); Order of Boyaca (Columbia); Order of Abden Calderon (Ecuador); Order of Ayacucho (Peru); Order Condor of the Andes (Bolivia); Order of Merit Juan Pablo Duarte (Dom. Republican).


Shedd, William Edgar was born on February 25, 1885 in Danville, Illinois, United States. Son of William Edgar and Alice Mary (Scott) Shedd.


Bachelor of Science, Military Academy, 1907. Student Coast Artillery School, 1925-1926, Commanded and General staff schedul, 1926-1927, Army War College, 1927-1928.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, C.A.C., United States Army, June 1907, advanced through grades to major general, January 30, 1941. Appointed coast defense and anti-aircraft commander Panama Canal department, August 1941. Deputy commander Panama Canal Department, appointed commanding general Antilles department, December, 1943.

Appointed commanding general Ninth Service Command, September 1, 1944. Served on staff, chief of artillery, rank of colonel, with American Expeditionary Forces, France, 1917-1919.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia), Army-NavyCountry (Washington, District of Columbia), Alta (Salt Lake City, Utah).*.


Married Lettie Patterson, June 29, 1914. Children: William Edgar, III, George Patterson.

William Edgar Shedd

Alice Mary (Scott) Shedd

Lettie Patterson

William Edgar Shedd

III Shedd

George Patterson Shedd