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Gen Julian Johnson Ewell

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Gen Julian Johnson Ewell

  • Birth 5 Nov 1915 Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 27 Jul 2009 Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 59 Grave 3854
  • Memorial ID 43430449

Julian Johnson Ewell was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Stillwater, Okla. He attended Duke University for two years before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1939. He became a paratrooper in World War II.

Before dawn on D-Day, he jumped into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division. So many paratroopers missed their landing zones that then-Lt. Col. Ewell found only 40 of the 600 men in his battalion, but they managed to regroup and engage the Germans. In fall 1944, he parachuted into Holland, fighting in the defense of the Belgian city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second-highest honor, for holding off two German divisions.

In 1952, he was sent to Korea as commander of an infantry regiment. He later spent four years at West Point, rising to assistant commandant of cadets. He became executive assistant to presidential military aide Gen. Maxwell Taylor at the Kennedy White House. He later served as executive to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and as chief of staff at V Corps in Germany before he went to Vietnam in 1968.

His other military awards included four awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

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  • Created by: John Michael
  • Added: 23 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43430449
  • Charles A. Lewis
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Julian Johnson Ewell (5 Nov 1915–27 Jul 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43430449, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John Michael (contributor 46848992) .