Aaron, Harold Robert, LTG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00G2-Army General Officer (G2)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1977-1979, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Service Years
1943 - 1979


Special Forces
Lieutenant General

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fort Belvoir, VA

Date of Passing
Apr 30, 1980
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 3, Grave 3902

 Official Badges 

Office of Secretary of Defense Defense Intelligence Agency Special Forces Group US Army Retired

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Aide-de-Camp Aiguillette

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

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Last Known Activity

 Harold Robert Aaron
Birth: June 21, 1921
Death: April 30, 1980

United States Army General. Graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1943, and was assigned as a Second Lieutenant and Company Commander in the European Theatre during World War II.
He served in a number of various posts in Europe and the Pacific after the war, rising in the ranks until he was promoted to Lieutenant General. 
He served as commander of U.S. Special Forces in the Pacific from 1967 to 1969, as assistant Chief of Intelligence for the Department of the Army from 1973 to 1977, and as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1977 to 1979.
He was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters during his service.

Lieutenant General Harold Aaron, U.S. Military Academy Class of June 1943.
Distinguished service in special operations and intelligence assignments.
Commander, 5th Special Forces Group, Republic of Vietnam; Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, U.S. Army, Europe. Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army; Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Extract from Register of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy, 1980:
Born in Indiana, 21 June 1921
Infantry, Company Commander, 259 Infantry, Theater Army Europe, 1944 to 1945
(two Bronze Star Medals; Combat Infantry Badge;Commendation Ribbon; Purple Heart)
Command and General Staff College, 1953
MA Georgetown University, 1960
Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1961 to 1963
National War College, 1964
Ph.D. Georgetown University, 1964
Aide-de-camp to Commanding General, 8th Army, 1964 to 1965
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1965 to 1967 Legion of Merit)
Commander, 1st Special Forces Group, 1967 to 1968; (Legion of Merit)
Commander, 5th Special Forces Group, Republic of Vietnam, 1968 to 1969 (Distinguished Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal; two Air Medals; Combat Infantry Badge)
Assistant Division Commander, 8th Division, 1969 to 1971
Chief of Staff, V Corps, Germany, 1971 to 1972
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, US Army, Europe, 1972 to 1973 (Legion of Merit)
Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army, 1973 to 1977 (Distinguished Service Medal)
Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, 1977 to 1979 (Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Retired in 1979 as a Lieutenant General
Senior Staff Scientist with TRW, 1979
Died at Fort Belvoir, 30 April 1980


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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 259th Infantry 65th Infantry Division8th Infantry Regiment4th Infantry Division
U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, (Staff)Caribbean Defense CommandAntiaircraft and Guided Missile School (Staff) Fort Bliss, TXCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
First Army (1st Army)MAAG Taiwan3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)Department of Defense (DOD)
National War College8th ArmyDepartment of Defense (DOD)1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)8th Infantry DivisionV CorpsUS Army Europe (USAREUR)
Department of the Army (DA)Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  1943-1945, 1st Battalion, 259th Infantry
  1944-1945, 1542, 65th Infantry Division
  1945-1945, 1560, 8th Infantry Regiment
  1945-1945, 1560, 4th Infantry Division
  1946-1947, 9666, Counter Intelligence School (Staff), U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, (Staff)
  1947-1950, 9300, Caribbean Defense Command
  1950-1951, 71542, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1951-1952, 1542, Antiaircraft Artillery and Guided Missile Center, Fort Bliss, TX
  1952-1953, 1542, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1953-1954, 1542, First Army (1st Army)
  1954-1956, 1542, MAAG Taiwan
  1956-1958, 1542, HHC, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard)
  1961-1963, 9668, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1963-1964, National War College
  1964-1965, 2030, 8th Army
  1965-1967, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1967-1968, 1542, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1968-1969, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1969-1971, 1542, 8th Infantry Division
  1971-1972, 2010, V Corps
  1972-1973, 9300, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1973-1977, DA/Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) Office
  1977-1979, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Earlham CollegeUnited States Military AcademyGeorgetown UniversityGeorgetown University
  1938-1940, Earlham College
  1940-1943, United States Military Academy
  1959-1960, Georgetown University
  1963-1964, Georgetown University
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