Gen. Donald V. Bennett

Donald V. Bennett

Gen. Donald V. Bennett was Commander in Chief, US Army, Pacific, from August of 1973 until his retirement in August 1974. He gained appointment to the US Military Academy in 1935 and graduated in 1940. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery, he went on to serve in North Africa and Europe in World War II.

Bennett earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering. His military schooling included the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. After retirement, he participated in the Senior Officers Debriefing Program at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and published a book on his World War II experience, Honor Untarnished.

Other command assignments for Bennett included Commanding General, VII Corps, US Army, Europe from 1968-1969. In addition, he was Commanding General, Eighth US Army; Commander in Chief, United Nations Command; and Commander, US Forces, Korea from 1972-1973. He was promoted to General on 1 September 1972.

Additional assignments for Bennett were Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations, US Army from 1963-1966. After that he was Superintendent for the US Military Academy. Later he served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.

Gen. Bennett's numerous awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. He retired on 31 August 1974. 



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