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Robert Charles Kingston (July 16, 1928 – February 28, 2007)[1] was a United States Army general who served as the commander of U.S. Central Command.[2]

Robert Charles Kingston
General Robert Kingston, official military photo, 1984.JPEG
Kingston in 1984
Born(1928-07-16)July 16, 1928
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 28, 2007(2007-02-28) (aged 78)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1948–1985
RankUS Army O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands heldUnited States Central Command
Battles/warsVietnam War
Korean War
AwardsCombat Infantryman Badge (2)
Master Parachutist Badge
Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (4)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (2)
Air Medal (36)
National Order of Vietnam, 4th & 5th Classes
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (6 Palms)
Special Forces Tab

Early life and educationEdit

Kingston was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on July 16, 1928, and graduated from Brookline High School in 1947. He entered the Army as an enlisted soldier in November 1948. The following year he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kansas and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry on December 20, 1949.


As a second lieutenant, Kingston commanded Task Force Kingston in the early phase of the Korean War, driving his unit all the way to the Yalu River.[3]

Kingston commanded troops at each level from platoon to brigade. In 1970 he was assigned as the Deputy Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. In June 1972 General Kingston returned to Vietnam where he was promoted to Brigadier General in December and served as Deputy Commanding General, Second Regional Assistance Command and as Deputy Senior Advisor, II Corps and Military Region 2.

In January 1973, Kingston assumed command of the Joint Casualty Resolution Center in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. Upon his return to the United States in 1974, he assumed duties as Assistant Division Commander of the First Infantry Division and was promoted to Major General in September 1975. He assumed command of the US Army John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance and the U.S. Army Institute for Military Assistance at Fort Bragg in 1975. Leaving Fort Bragg, General Kingston assumed command of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division in Dongducheon, Korea and served as Commanding General from June 1979 – June 1981. Following his promotion to Lieutenant General in 1981 he assumed command of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, MacDill Air Force Base Florida. On November 6, 1984, he was promoted to general, and a year later he retired from active duty.

Later life and deathEdit

Kingston died on February 28, 2007, at the age of 78, due to complications from a fall.[4]

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. ^ "Biography Robert C. Kingston United States Army". Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (March 2, 2007). "Robert Kingston; 1st Chief of U.S. Central Command". Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Epilogue" (PDF). Army Association of the United States Army. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 18, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "First U.S. Central Command chief, Robert Kingston, dies". St. Petersburg Times/Washington Post. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command
Succeeded by
George B. Crist