Col. Donald M. Dexter, Jr.
U.S. Army CINCPAC Support Group

     Colonel Donald M. Dexter, Jr., was born in Normal, Illinois on 2 April 1925. In 1975, Colonel Dexter became Chief of U.S. Army CINCPAC Support Group following the disestablishment of U.S. Army Pacific on 31 December 1974. He served in the position until 1977.

     He graduated from Bloomington High School, Bloomington, Illinois, in 1943 and from the U.S. Military Academy in 1947. Dexter then was assigned to the Far East and commanded a field artillery battery in the Korean War, 1950-51. He commanded two officer candidate classes at the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While there, he helped organize, implement and was commandant of the Fort Sill Leadership School for enlisted personnel.

     After attending Command General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Dexter was assigned back to West Point as an operations officer and instructor to the corps of cadets in military tactics. He later commanded an armored field artillery at Fort Hood, Texas, and the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division Artillery in Vietnam. He held staff positions in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Headquarters, Department of Army in Washington, D.C., Germany, and Japan. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington. He was an experienced force and systems planner.

     Dexter was a member of several service organizations and was an avid golfer. He died 8 May 2008 at his residence in Carmel, California.


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