General John Edwin Hull will be the hosting character when the Greenfield Historical Society holds its annual Spring Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in the Konneker Education Museum, 245 South St. in Greenfield.
Terry Washburn will portray Hull and share information about Hull’s life and times.
Hull was born two miles west of Greenfield on May 25, 1895. He attended the Greenfield schools and was on the 1911 and 1912 football teams. He went on to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as a pre-med student, playing on the football team. After graduating in 1917, he went on to officer training school and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, according to the GHS President Harold Schmidt.
During World War I he saw action in the Marne offensive, along the Vesle River, the Meuse-Argonne offensive, and was a member of the army that occupied Germany. After the war he remained in the Army and graduated from the Army War College, Schmidt said.
During World War II, Hull was a member of General Dwight Eisenhower’s staff, holding the position of chief of operations and later the position of commander of the Pacific Area. Schmidt said Hull also held the positions of director of the Weapons Evaluation Group and deputy chief of staff for Operations and Administration for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Later, under then President Eisenhower, he was the commander in chief of the Far East Command at the conclusion of the Korean War.
Hull retired on April 30, 1955. He died on June 10, 1975 and was buried beside his wife in Arlington National Cemetery.
Among his awards and decorations are the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the World War I Victory Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.
Refreshments will include finger foods, tea, coffee and water.
Presale tickets are on sale for $10 at the Community Savings Bank in Greenfield. A few tickets may be available at the door, but seating is limited.
For more information, call 937-981-2905.