Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
General Carl L. Phinney served honorably and with great effect for 37
years in the Texas National Guard. He enlisted as a private in 1925 and
was commissioned in June, 1927, as a first lieutenant in the 36th
He rose to command the 3d Battalion, 111th Quartermaster Regiment and
was promoted to major in 1936. He entered federal service with the 36th
Infantry Division in November, 1940, was promoted and assumed command of
the 111th Quartermaster Regiment. He held that position and the position
of division quartermaster from October, 1941, to September, 1943, when
he was appointed acting chief of staff, G-4, of the division, serving in
that capacity until August, 1944. He served in the European Theater of
Operation from April, 1943, to August, 1945. He was promoted to colonel
December, 1945, and appointed the assistant division commander, 36th
Infantry Division on July 29, 1948.
He assumed command of the division on March 2, 1953 and was federally
recognized as a major general on May 28, 1953. During his service as the
commanding general, the 36th Infantry Division achieved the highest
ratings given to National Guard units.
On September 21, 1961 General Phinney was promoted to brevet lieutenant
general, Texas Army National Guard.
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