|Birth: ||May 19, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1999|
Columbus Republic 20 Dec 1999
Retired Maj. Gen. Carmichael dies; full military funeral set Wednesday
A full military funeral is set for Wednesday for retired Army Maj. Gen. Leston Neal Carmichael, who died at 6:19 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at his Sunset Drive home.
Mr. Carmichael, 77, was a Brown County native who enlisted in the Enlisted Reserve Corps in July 1942 while attending Purdue University.
In March 1943, he entered active duty. He attended Officer Candidate School in Fort Sill, Okla., where he was commissioned a second lieutenant, Field Artillery, in July 1944.
Mr. Carmichael served in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Assignments included the 769th Field Artillery Battalion and later, Air Courier for Armed Forces Southwest Pacific. He was released from active duty in August 1946.
In reserve status, Mr. Carmichael served in the 5718 Field Artillery Training Group; as Battery Commander, Battery C, 769th Field Artillery Battalion; Battery Commander, S1 and S3, 442 Field Artillery Group; varied staff assignments in 5390 Station Complement and 406th Military Government Company; Executive Officer and Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 70th Regiment; and Division G-2, Commander of 70th Regiment and 4th Brigade, all in the 70th Division.
He was assigned deputy commander of the 123rd U.S. Army Reserve Command Nov. 26, 1971, and promoted to brigadier general Aug. 4, 1972. He was assigned commander of 123rd June 1, 1976, and promoted to major general Feb. 4, 1977.
Mr. Carmichael retired with 39 years of service on May 31, 1981.
He was a graduate of the Field Artillery Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
His military decorations and honors include: Army Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WW II Occupation, Philippine Liberation, Asiatic-Pacific campaign, American Theater, WW II Victory, Armed Forces Reserve and Army Reserve Components Achievement.
After World War II, Mr. Carmichael returned to Purdue University for his senior year, graduating from the School of Agriculture in 1947. He also earned his master's degree from Purdue, with post-graduate work at Indiana University, University of Pennsylvania and New Mexico Highlands University.
He taught agriculture for nine years at Trafalgar High School. Mr. Carmichael was a science teacher for 25 years at Columbus High School, also serving as chairman of the science department, and retired from Columbus East in 1982. He co-authored a book titled "Laboratory Chemistry," which was published by Merrill Publishing Co.
Mr. Carmichael was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame at Purdue University in 1977 and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1980.
Mr. Carmichael was a member of Military Orders of World Wars, Association of the United States Army, Senior Reserve Commander's Association, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Reserve Officers Association and the Retired Officer Association.
He was a member of state and national science organizations.
His civic work included serving as chairman of Indiana Employers Support of Guard and Reserve for six years, Columbus City Utilities Service Board for nine years, Bartholomew County Sewer District for five years, Bartholomew County Tax Board of Review for 12 years, the Bartholomew School Foundation and the Indiana State Armory Board, which he served as vice president under Gov. Evan Bayh.
He was a member and past president of Kiwanis Club and Indianapolis Veterans Day Council.
Mr. Carmichael was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James E. Gentry officiating.
Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Funeral Service, Reed and Jewell Chapel, on 25th Street and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Burial with full military rites, including a horse-drawn caisson and a 21-gun salute, will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Hospice of Bartholomew County and American Heart Association.
Mr. Carmichael was born in Brown County May 19, 1922, the son of Estel and Eva Fleetwood Carmichael. He married Virginia Anne Fuller Nov. 24, 1944, in Lafayette. She died Jan. 3, 1999.
Survivors include daughters, Sherry Carmichael and Sue Walters, both of Columbus; granddaughters, Erin Walters of Bloomington and Megan Walters of Columbus; and a sister, Kathleen Hendricks of Columbus.
Major General (Ret) Leston N. Carmichael, age 77, former Vice President of the State Armory Board and former Commander, 123rd Army Reserve Command, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 1999. Although not a member of the National Guard, General Carmichael was greatly involved in National Guard activities, especially armory dedications, and had many friends within the National Guard.
From the Retired Guardian Issue #18 a quarterly newsletter published by the Military Department of Indiana, January 1, 2000.
I knew General Carmichael during the time I was assigned to the Columbus Army National Guard Armory working with him and BG (Ret) Hughes on many civic and military functions/parades.
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