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CPT Benjamin Lewis Padgett

CPT Benjamin Lewis Padgett

Birth
La Plata, Charles County, Maryland, USA
Death 10 May 1951 (aged 57)
USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 34, Grave 3671
Memorial ID 6347 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. Gained the sobrequet "Gadget Padgett" after he invented a simple wooden machine that allowed the shifting of colored paper to represent statistical trends in motion. He was paid a large sum for the Graph Device from a major business machine company of this century. Joined the United States Army in World War I and soon found himself working for future President Herbert Hoover on the American Relief Effort to ease the plight of more than 120,000 Americans stranded in European countries at the outbrake of hostilities. He was a pioneer in the modern science of "Logistics" (getting enough there on time). In 1931, he was appointed to a teaching position in statistics and logistics at the Army War College, where he received his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. He had the opportunity to impact the "Class the Stars Fell On" principly the great military leaders who possibly applied some of his logistical and forcasting theories in the WWII campaigns to follow. When war broke out in 1941, Lieutenant Colonel Padgett served as Special Consultant to the Secretary of War and Statistical Consultant to the War Deparment. He provided his special skills and advice until World War II ended in 1945. He retired soon after and lived to the age of 57. He passed away in 1951 from gastrointestinal illness. His son was a highly decorated WWII Ranger who succumbed to his war injuries in 1969. His grandson served in Germany as a combat medic during the Viet Nam Era.


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  • Added: 15 Sep 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6347
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Benjamin Lewis Padgett (20 Mar 1894–10 May 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6347, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .