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Third-Generation Legacy Graduates War College



by W. Thomas Smith Jr.

CARLISLE, Pa. – Col. William Mellard “Bill” Connor V of Orangeburg will make legacy history at the U.S. Army War College later this week when he becomes a third-generation graduate of the storied institution and a distinguished honor graduate.

Connor’s family is not the first legacy family, but one of very few in the college’s 117-year history. Connor’s father, retired Lt. Col. William Mellard Connor I, and his grandfather, the late Brig. Gen. William Mellard Connor III, also graduated from the Army War College, making the Connor family the third with a three-successive-generation graduation legacy at the college.

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