DeSaussure, Edward, MG

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Major General
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Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1970-1972, 00GC, Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)
Service Years
1941 - 1972


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Jul 11, 2002
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Major Geneneral Edward H. deSaussure, the 10th Commander of White Sands Proving Ground/Missile Range, the son of Colonel, USA, Retired, and Mrs. Edward H. deSaussure, was born on 26 November 1918, in El Paso, Texas. He grew up on various military posts in the United States and the Philippines and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1941. He served in the Pacific in the early days of World War II with the 4th Field Artillery Battalion and with various field artillery battalions in the United States for the remainder of the war.
     In 1946, he served as Aide de Camp to General Jacob L. Devers, while the latter was commanding Army Ground Forces.
     From 1947 to 1949, he studied at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering.
     From 1951 to 1953 he commanded the 20th Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Division, in Germany; and from 1953 to 1954 he served as Group Executive Officer in the 30th Field Artillery Group in Germany. During the next six months he was assistant commandant of the Artillery OCS at Ft. Sill.
     From 1955 to 1956, Major General deSaussure was on the Department of the Army General Staff, and from 1956 to 1959, he served as Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary, of Defense.
     From 1959 to 1960, he attended the Army War College and then spent a year of duty in Korea.
     In 1961 he returned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where his duties included that of director of the Guided Missi1e Department in the Artillery School and Commanding Officer of the 9th Field Artillery Missile Group. During both of these assignments, he participated in training the Army's Sergeant and Pershing Missile Battalions for deployment to Europe and the Pacific.
     From June of 1964 to May of 1965, he served as the Army's member of the Chairman's Staff Group in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His next assignment was as Assistant Division Commander/Support of the 25th Infantry Division. MG deSaussure then commanded the 196th Infantry Brigade from August 1966 to December 1966. From then until March 1967, he commanded the 1st Field Force Artillery and from March to July 1967 was Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division.
     Upon his return to the United States, MG deSaussure was deputy chairman and then chairman of the JCS Special Studies Group from August 1967 to September 1968. From September 1968 until be assumed command of White Sands Missile Range, MG deSaussure commanded the Joint Task Force Eight and the Test Command, Sandia Base, NM. He assumed command of White Sands Missile Range on 8 April 1970.
     MG deSaussure is married to the former Frances Pelzer Huger of Charleston. South Carolina. The couple has five children, Frances, Eleanor, Anita, Ted and Margaret.  
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 Unit Assignments
4th Field Artillery BattalionArmy Ground Forces20th Field Artillery Battalion30th Artillery Group
Department of the Army (DA)Department of Defense (DOD)Army War College (Staff)8th Army
Field Artillery Center & School (Staff)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
I Field Force Vietnam Artillery1st Cavalry DivisionArmy Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)
  1942-1943, 1193, 4th Field Artillery Battalion
  1946-1946, 2030, Army Ground Forces
  1950-1953, 1193, 20th Field Artillery Battalion
  1953-1954, 2010, 30th Artillery Group
  1955-1956, 2162, DA Staff
  1956-1959, 2030, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense
  1959-1960, 6, Army War College (Staff)
  1960-1961, 8th Army
  1961-1964, 2025, Field Artillery Center & School (Staff)
  1964-1965, 2162, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1965-1966, 00GD, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1966, 00GC, HHC, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1966-1967, 00GC, HHB, I Field Force Vietnam Artillery
  1967-1967, 00GD, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
  1967-1968, 00G3, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1970-1972, 00GC, Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Guadalcanal
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  1937-1941, United States Military Academy
  1946-1949, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
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