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MG Donald Wilson McGowan
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Birth: Aug. 30, 1899
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1967
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA

US Army General. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1916 and took part in the Pancho Villa Expedition. During World War I he was Sergeant Major of the 114th Infantry Regiment, and participated in the Meuse-Argonne and Alsace campaigns. He attended West Point from 1919 to 1922, but left before graduating. In 1922 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and continued his career with the New Jersey National Guard. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1935, and was Assistant Adjutant General when he entered federal service for World War II as commander of the 102nd Cavalry Regiment. He took part in the D-Day landings, and was then assigned as Provost Marshal for a large section of Western Europe. After the war he returned to his Assistant Adjutant General's post as a Brigadier General. From 1948 to 1955 he commanded the 50th Armored Division as a Major General. In 1959 he became Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and served until 1963. At his retirement McGowan was the last Villa Expedition veteran known to still be serving in the military.

(Bio: Bill McKern) 
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  Helen Schoeffel McGowan (1903 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 3 Lot 2067-E
Created by: Russ Jacobs
Record added: Nov 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61338702
MG Donald Wilson McGowan
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MG Donald Wilson McGowan
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MG Donald Wilson McGowan
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