Heiser, Joseph Miller, Jr., LTG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00G4-Army General Officer (G4)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1973, DA G4
Service Years
1942 - 1973


Lieutenant General

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Heiser, Joseph Miller, Jr., LTG USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Woodbridge, VA
Last Address
Charleston, SC

Date of Passing
Apr 09, 1994
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 2

 Official Badges 

US European Command US Army Retired Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Ordnance Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Army Ordnance Corps Association
  1949, Army Ordnance Corps Association [Verified]

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Student Providence College (SC) 1932-34
Cadet, The Citadel 1939-41
Enlisted as Private 1942
First Sergeant 1942-43 
Commissioned Second Lieutenant 1943
Advanced through grades to Lieutenant General 1969

Southern Base Sector Command of the European Theater of Operations 1943-45
Assistant Executive Officer to Chief of Ordnance 1946-49 
Division Ordnance Officer, 7th Infantry Division 1950
Ammunition Supply Officer (Office of Assistant Ordnance Officer), Pusan Base Command 1950-51

Executive Officer to Director of Training, Ordnance School 1951-54
Executive Officer to Chief of Ordnance 1956-60
Student, Naval Postgraduate School 1960-61
Assistant Chief of Staff G-4 (Logistics), 4th Logistical Command 1961-62
Deputy Chief of Staff & Chief of Staff, 4th Logistical Command 1962-63
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Communications Zone, Europe 1963-65
Commanding General, U. S. Army Communications Zone, Europe 1965
Special Assistant to Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Europe 1965
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), U.S. Army 1966-68
Commanding General, 1st Logistical Command, Vietnam 1 August 1968-22 August 1969
Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), U.S. Army 1969-73
Retired 1973
Distinguished Service Medal (3) - Legion of Merit (2) - Bronze Star Medal - Air Medal (8)

Lieutenant General Joseph M. Heiser, Jr., was born on January 22, 1914 in Charleston, South Carolina and retired with over 30 years’ active duty in the U.S. Army. Throughout his career, his motto remained, “A well supported combat soldier is the backbone of an effective Army and it is the logistician’s job to provide that support.”  

General Heiser, a son of Joseph Heiser and Alma Maetze Heiser, attended Providence College and The Citadel and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Department of Defense's National War College.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, receiving several medals including the Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was appointed the first Honorary Colonel Emeritus of the Ordnance Corps and received the Society of Logistics Engineers' Founders Medal. He wrote two books, "A Soldier Supporting Soldiers'' and "Logistic Support.''

His rapid ascension through the ranks, from a First Sergeant to Second Lieutenant in 1943, is indicative of his outstanding organizational ability and resourcefulness. His name has become synonymous with two of the most successful programs in ordance: the closed-loop system and the logistics offensive. The closed-loop system maximized the utilization of material and substantially reduced acquisition requirements by effecting the overhaul of unserviceable materiel and its return to the supply system. The logistics offensive resulted in marked reduction in tonnages of supplies, greatly improved inventory and location accuracy, materially reduced response time required to meet unit requirements, significantly improved operational readiness rates, and upgraded combat readiness throughout the entire U.S. Army.

His career was characterized byprofessionalism of the highest order. His inspired leadership, competence, and devotion to duty profoundly affected the U.S. Army’s logistical effectiveness. He retired in 1973, and remained an active advisor on Ordnance matters. He served as the first Honorary Colonel of the Ordnance Corps from May 1987 until May 1990.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA)Department of the Army (DA)Division Support Command (DISCOM) 7th Infantry Division 8th Army Support Command (EASCOM)
US Army Ordnance Center & School (Staff Faculty) APG, MDNaval Postgraduate School (Staff)4th Logistics CommandHQ European Theater of Operations Communications Zone (COMZ)
US Army Europe (USAREUR)1st Logistical Command
  1943-1945, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
  1943-1945, HQ European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA)
  1946-1949, Department of the Army (DA)
  1950-1950, Division Support Command (DISCOM) 7th Infantry Division
  1950-1951, 8th Army Support Command (EASCOM)
  1951-1954, US Army Ordnance Center & School (Staff Faculty) APG, MD
  1960-1961, Naval Postgraduate School (Staff)
  1961-1963, 4th Logistics Command
  1963-1965, HQ European Theater of Operations Communications Zone (COMZ)
  1965-1966, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1966-1968, DA G4
  1968-1969, 1st Logistical Command
  1969-1973, DA G4
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
  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
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Providence CollegeThe CitadelUniversity of ChicagoNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
National War College
  1932-1934, Providence College
  1939-1941, The Citadel
  1956-1958, University of Chicago
  1960-1961, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1966-1968, National War College
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