USMA Class of 1950. Cullum No. 17381.
He grew up in Cloquet, Minnesota. In February 1944 he enlisted in the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, where he trained at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was sent to Fort Leavenworth with the rank of Private in the Air Corps Enlisted Reserves. He applied for an appointment to the United States Military Academy and began his training there in June 1946. He graduated 34 out of 669 in his class. His first assignment was as a platoon leader for Company C, 62d Engineers, Far East Command in Korea. In June 1951 he was appointed company commander. In 1952 he became tactical officer at the Engineer Officer Candidate School for 21 months. He earned a Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal in Korea. In 1953 after his return from Korea he married. He and his wife had three children. He resigned his commission to manage the family business in Berlin, Maryland. He was active in local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Lions Club in Berlin. In January 1954 he joined the Army Reserve. In 1973 he completed the Command and General Staff Officer Course, Non-Resident. In 1976 he graduated from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and became the first Reserve officer to serve at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels as liaison. In 1972 he remarried. At the age of 51 years he was diagnosed with leukemia. His friends and colleagues established a memorial fund to endow an award to the outstanding company in his old regiment in the Corps of Cadets, the John H. Pigman Award.
Source: West Point Association of Graduates Memorials.
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