Major General William M. Creasy was born in North Carolina on April 26, 1905 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1926. His sustained outstanding performance during a 32-year military career reflects total devotion toward increasing the effectiveness of the U.S. Army and improving national security.
Through his forceful and motivating leadership, the Chemical Corps accomplished new objectives in the fields of chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) protection. He initiated an extensive CBR research and development program which, coupled with procedures successfully adapted from various civilian scientific agencies, resulted in providing modern protection for the American soldiers on a CBR battlefield.
As Chief Chemical Officer of the US Army, his personal contributions and leadership had an impact upon the entire world. Under his guidance, innovations in the field of psychochemical agents and radiological defense, as well as various humanitarian benefits in medical research, were realized. He also worked closely with national and international groups and the other Armed Services to provide improved chemical offensive capabilities. His able presentations to organizations heightened the awareness of the American public concerning the realities of CBR warfare.
His keen foresight and technical skills enabled him to establish the managerial and organizational elements to develop a deterrent biological warfare capability for the U.S. Army. General Creasy retired in 1958 and died on March 22, 1987.