Donald Vivian Bennett

Donald Vivian Bennett

Birth
Lakeside, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
Death 28 Nov 2005 (aged 90)
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section 18, Row G, Site 84
Memorial ID 44210837 · View Source
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US Army General. A combat veteran of World War II, he rose in rank to become the Commander-in-Chief of US Forces Korea/8th US Army and US Army Pacific Command. Following his graduation from high school, he attended Michigan State University at East Lansing, Michigan for two years until he was accepted to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating in 1940. After the US entered World War II in December 1941, he was sent to the European Theater, serving in the North Africa and Sicily Campaigns and the Invasion of France at Normandy in June 1944, when he commanded the 62nd Armored Field Battalion as a lieutenant colonel, and pushed into the heart of Germany. Following the end of World War II, he returned to the US and held numerous posts throughout the late 1940s and into the early 1960s, and continued to receive promotions up to the rank of major general during this time. In 1966 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and became Superintendent of the US Military Academy, serving until 1969 when he was appointed as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC. In September 1972 he was promoted to the rank of general and was appointed Commander-in-Chief United Nations Command/Commander, U.S. Forces Korea/Commanding General, 8th US Army. In 1973 he became Commander-in-Chief US Army Pacific Command and he retired in that position in 1974 with 34 years of continuous military service. Among his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart (with one oak leaf cluster), the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. In 2003 he published his book, "Honor Untarnished: A West Point Graduate's Memoir of World War II." He died at the age of 90.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Vivian Bennett (9 May 1915–28 Nov 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44210837, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .