Paul Donal Harkins (b. May 15, 1904, Boston, Mass.-d. Aug. 21, 1984, Dallas, Tex.), U.S. Army officer, graduated from West Point in 1929. He was Deputy Chief of Staff during World War II to General Patton, served during the Korean War, and was the first Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) commander from 1962 to 1964, the year he retired. He was commandant of cadets at West Point in 1951 when a cheating ring was exposed and was criticized by some for taking a hard line against those cadets involved in the scandal.
From the description of Harkins, Paul D. (Paul Donal), 1904- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10576017