Bennett, Donald Vivian, GEN

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Last Rank
General
Last Service Branch
US
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1973-1974, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
Service Years
1940 - 1974

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Home Town
Asheville, NC
Last Address
Lakeside

Date of Passing
Nov 28, 2005
 
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 18, Row G, Site 84

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US Army Retired (Pre-2007) French Fourragere Defense Intel Agency United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (US)

US Pacific Command


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Donald Vivian Bennett (May 9, 1915November 28, 2005) retired as a four star general from the United States Army in 1974. He attended Michigan State University and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1940 then served overseas in WWII. Bennett won the Distinguished Service Cross as well as two Purple Hearts for his service. He was born in Lakeside, Ohio and retired to Asheville, North Carolina. He entered military service from Ohio.
 

As a Lieutenant Colonel, Bennett, along with the 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion on the June 6, 1944 landed with the second wave at 0720 on D-Day. His party was subjected to a tremendous volume of machine gun fire which inflicted 50 percent casualties before they reached the comparative safety of the shingle at the base of the cliff adjoining the beach. Observing that following units were pinned down on the beach, he immediately left his cover and moved about the beach under heavy fire in order to assemble and reorganize the infantry assault companies, four tanks, and an antiaircraft unit.


By redistributing the remaining officers and equipment; by emplacing the .50 calibre machine guns of the antiaircraft unit so as to give close support to the infantry; and by radioing for tank and artillery fire support from the LCTs, he organized a sizeable force and at about 10:00 hours, which successfully assaulted the ridge. He then continued moving about the beach under intense fire and succeeded in locating a protected place to bring his battalion and move it across the beach. Lieutenant Colonel Bennett, in disregarding his own safety under such heavy enemy fire throughout the day and in his clear thinking, contributed immeasurably to the establishment of the beachhead.


General Bennett recounts his WWII experience in his memoir, Honor Untarnished, published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC in 2003. General Bennett also served as superintendent of the United States Military Academy from 1966 to 1969. He retired in 1974 as commanding general of the U.S. Army Pacific Command.


Bennett died on November 28, 2005 at the age of 90 and was buried at the United States Military Academy Cemetery in West Point, New York.


Former Superintendent dies


Story by Eric S. Bartelt
Assistant Editor

Retired Gen. Donald Vivian Bennett, 47th Superintendent of West Point, died Nov. 28 in Asheville, N.C. He was 90.
 

Bennett, a 1940 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, served in the military until 1974 when he retired as the commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific Command. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross and two Purple Hearts for his service during World War II. As a lieutenant colonel commanding the 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Bennett landed on Omaha Beach with the second wave on D-Day June 6, 1944.


His unit faced tremendous machine gun fire which inflicted 50 percent casualties before they reached relative safety at the base of the cliff adjoining the beach. By disregarding his own safety under heavy enemy fire throughout the day, he contributed immeasurably to the establishment of the beachhead by the Allied Forces. Bennett recounted his WWII experience in his memoir, Honor Untarnished, as he explained the sense of honor that was instilled in him by the Cadet’s Prayer and the way it sustained him during the war. Born in Lakeside, Ohio, on May 9, 1915, Bennett’s military service led him back to West Point where he served as superintendent of the academy from Jan. 1966 to June 1968.


After his time as superintendent, Bennett served as commanding general of U.S. VII Corps (1968-1969), director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (1969-1972), the Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, Korea (1972-1973) and then finished his career at USARPAC. Bennett was pre-deceased by his wife, Elizabeth and son, Peter. He is survived by his daughter, Marylyn.

 

   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1936, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), A
 Unit Assignments
5th Field Artillery GroupFirst Army (1st Army)62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion1st Infantry Division
Department of the Army (DA)United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)Special Troops Battalion, VII CorpsDefense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
United Nations Command (UNC)8th Army, Korea (EUSA)United States Forces Korea (USFK)US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
  1941-1943, 5th Field Artillery Group
  1941-1943, First Army (1st Army)
  1944-1945, 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion
  1944-1945, 1st Infantry Division
  1963-1966, Department of the Army (DA)
  1966-1969, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/Office of the Commanding General, United States Military Academy
  1968-1969, Special Troops Battalion, VII Corps/HHC
  1969-1972, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  1972-1973, United Nations Command (UNC)
  1972-1973, 8th Army, Korea (EUSA)
  1972-1973, United States Forces Korea (USFK)
  1973-1974, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1942-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Kasserine Pass
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Elbe Day, April 25, 1945
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
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Michigan State UniversityUnited States Military Academy
  1934-1935, Michigan State University
  1936-1940, United States Military Academy
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