Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
General Otto Erwin Scherz was born in San Angelo, Texas, on 15 July
1921. He graduated from San Angelo High School in 1938 and from Texas A
& M University in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape
General Scherz's military career began upon graduation from college when
he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, and assigned
to the 561st Field Artillery Battalion. He fought in World War II, in
Europe, as a battery commander, returning to the United States in 1945.
He joined the Texas Army National Guard in June 1948, as S-3 of the
961st Field Artillery Battalion. As the Battalion Commander of the 3d
Rocket/Howitzer Battalion, 132d Artillery, he was mobilized with the
49th Armored Division in 1961. On 17 November 1967, he was promoted to
Colonel and assigned as Division Artillery Commander, 49th Armored
Division. He commanded a number of units in the Texas Army Guard and was
promoted to Brigadier General in September 1973 as Assistant Division
Commander, 49th Armored Division. As Commander of Base Units Command,
State Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Texas Army National
Guard in March, 1976, he was promoted to Major General.
Retiring from military service on 31 July 1978, General Scherz's service
to his State and Nation spanned a period of over 36 years and can best
be characterized by the symbol of the citizen soldier. He answered his
country's call to arms twice, while conducting a successful business in
San Angelo and contributing to his local community as a member and
leader of numerous civic organizations.
Among his numerous awards in recognition of his long and distinguished
career are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Lone Star
Distinguished Service Medal.
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