General George H. Decker who commanded United Nations Command in Korea for last two years?
General George H. Decker who commanded United Nations Command in Korea for last two years today officially turned over its Command to General Carter B. Magruder in the Change of Command ceremony held at the United Nations Command Headquarters in Seoul. Gen Decker who assumed duty as Commander-in-Chief of UNC in July 1957 will leave Korea today for Pentagon to succeed General L.L. Lemnitzer as a Vice Chief of Staff US Army. Gen Decker and Gen Magruder exchanged standing post during the ceremony and D??? formally turned over the Flag of Unite Nations and the flag of 8th US Army to Gen Magruder who will succeed him as a Commander-in-Chief UNC, Commanding General of US Forces in Korea and Commander of 8th US Army. As for today General Magruder was promoted to four star general as he took over Command of UNC.
In the ceremony which was held at the Gymnazium, UNC HQs due to the bad weather, entire staff officers of UN Command including representatives of 16-Nation participated in Korean war and UN Honor Guards consist of 16-Nation's soldiers and all of Korean Armed Forces Generals attended.
Afterward the Ceremony General Decker paid a farewell visit to President Syngman Rhee at Kyung Mu Dai and there he received Korea's highest Military Medal, Order of Military Merit Taekuk with Gold Star for his meritorious service from President Rhee.