Wallace H. Nutting

Wallace Hall Nutting (born June 3, 1928) is a retired United States Army general who served as Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command (USCINCSOUTH) from 1979 to 1983 and as Commander in Chief, United States Readiness Command (USCINCRED) from 1983 to 1985.[1][2]

Wallace H. Nutting
Wallace H. Nutting, official military photo portrait, 1983.JPEG
Nutting in November 1983
Birth nameWallace Hall Nutting
Born (1928-06-03) June 3, 1928 (age 92)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1950-1985
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
Other workMayor of Biddeford, Maine

Early life and educationEdit

Nutting was born on June 3, 1928, in Newton, Massachusetts.


Nutting's military service began when he served in the Maine National Guard. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1946,[3] he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1950. He saw combat in the Korean War and served as a commander during two tours in the Vietnam War. His commands include the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam;[4] the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment;[5] the 3rd Armored Division; United States Southern Command from 1979 to 1983;[6] and United States Readiness Command from 1983 to 1985.[7]

Later lifeEdit

Nutting retired in 1985 and settled with his wife Jane in Biddeford, Maine, where he served as mayor from 2003 to 2007. Nutting has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Higher Defense Studies at the National Defense University and is an Associate Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He was chairman of the University of Southern Maine's Senior College board.[8]

On May 28, 2008, Nutting received the West Point Distinguished Graduate Award from the academy's Association of Graduates in a ceremony at West Point.


In 1987 General Nutting denied Panamanian charges that, as CINCSOUTH, he’d been complicit in the 1981 death of Manuel Noriega’s mentor General Omar Torrijos.[9]

He and two others were acquitted in 1993 after trial in the U. S. District Court in Tampa on charges Sooner Defense of Florida, Inc., had sold defective munitions for the Bradley fighting vehicle. He joined the company reluctantly, and was appointed its president two weeks before its bankruptcy. Six other codefendants were convicted.[10] The charges had been brought in 1991.[11]


  1. ^ United States. Dept. of the Army (1985). Army executive biographies. Headquarters, Dept. of the Army. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  3. ^ "Phillips Exeter Academy | Phillips Exeter Alumni | President's Award Recipients". phillips.exeter.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  4. ^ Starry, General Donn A. (1989). "Appendix A. Commanders of Cavalry, Armor, and Mechanized Infantry Units in Vietnam". Mounted Combat in Vietnam. Vietnam Studies. United States Army Center of Military History. CMH Pub 90-17.
  5. ^ "Nashville Reunion - 11th ACVVC - K Troop - 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment - Hosted By Bob Hersey". ktroop.com. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  6. ^ USSOUTHCOM Previous Commanders
  7. ^ Counseling Services, Inc. - Gen. Nutting Joins Board
  8. ^ University of Southern Maine 2004-2005 News Releases Nutting is a member of the organization Mission: Readiness, a "nonprofit, nonpartisan national security organization led by over 200 retired generals, admirals, and other senior military leaders who work to ensure continued American security and prosperity by calling for smart investments in the next generation of American children."
  9. ^ "Retired Army Gen. Wallace H. Nutting denied Thursday charges..." UPI. June 11, 1987. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  10. ^ Harkavy, Jerry (August 2, 1993). "Acquitted general to press for reform of justice system". BANGOR DAILY NEWS. BANGOR, MAINE. AP. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  11. ^ "10 at Arms Company Are Charged With Scheme to Defraud the U.S." The New York Times. The Associated Press. October 29, 1991. Retrieved 2020-10-11.

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