Emerson, Henry Everett (Hank), LTG

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Lieutenant General
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00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1975-1977, 00GC, XVIII Airborne Corps
Service Years
1947 - 1977


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Helena, Montana

Date of Passing
Feb 04, 2015
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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HELENA, Mont. - Henry Everett "Hank" Emerson, a retired Army lieutenant general, best known for being the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea during the mid-1970's when Colin Powell served as a battalion commander, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.
Gen. Emerson was born in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 1925, the son of Brig. Gen. Govenor Vincent Emerson, M.D., and Marie McLaughlin. He graduated from West Point in the class of 1947 as a second lieutenant of infantry and served as a company commander with the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He then served on the staff and faculty of the infantry school, followed by an assignment as a tactical officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was a graduate of the Navy Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College.
Gen. Emerson was best known as a combat commander in three wars: a company commander in the Korean War; a battalion commander in the Dominican Republic; and brigade commander in the Vietnam War. His general officer assignments were as the assistant division commander, 82nd Airborne Division; commanding general, 2nd Infantry Division; commanding general, John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance; and the commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps.
According to those that knew him best, such as Colin Powell, who would go on to become the Secretary of State, what set him apart as a combat commander was his great love for his soldiers and his concern for their welfare.
During his command in the Vietnam War, he conceived aerial reconnaissance and combat methods that employed effectively against the Viet Cong. These included a checkerboard concept that involves small groups covering grid squares to seek out an enemy, and jitterbug tactics which are complex maneuvers using helicopters to surround an enemy. This would seem jittery like the dance when Eagle Flights, which were helicopters loaded with local soldiers, were flown in quickly to assist foreign troops in certain situations. He demonstrated that American soldiers could effectively "out-guerrilla" the Viet Cong. Emerson also developed the "seal-and-pile-on technique" (the rapid build-up of combat power to surround and destroy an enemy force).
Gen. Emerson, who was fraternally called "The Gunfighter" by his troops, was one of the most decorated officers in the history of the Army. He received a Master Parachutist Badge, a Combat/Infantry Badge with Star, two Distinguished Service Crosses, three Distinguished Service Medals, five Silver Stars, and two Purple Hearts among others.
Gen. Emerson had a saying on his wall "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Today, the general has "faded away" and we salute him one last time.
Gen. Emerson is survived by his nephew, Richard Emerson Wilkins of Wilmington, N.C.; a niece, Marie Page Riggle, of Towson, Md.; a grandniece, Elizabeth Page Wilkins of Melrose, Mass. and her husband, Lt. Col. Joseph G. Marine, USMA; and two great-grandnephews, William Quinn Hardisty and Joseph William Marine.
Memorial services and interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery later this spring and will be announced at a later date.
Donations should be made to the Fisher House, 12 Bassett St., Fort Bragg, NC 28307
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   1968-1968, 1542, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division

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1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division

Klingman, Dennis, 1LT, (1965-1968) IN 1560 First Lieutenant
MAY, GENE, MSG, (1948-1969) IN 11F10 Master Sergeant
Wiggin, Robert James, SSG, (1952-1968) QM 94B10 Staff Sergeant
Abshear, William Wallace, SGT, (1967-1969) IN 11B20 Sergeant
Dittmer, David Allen, SGT, (1968-1969) MD 91B10 Sergeant
Garnet, Owen Niel, CPL, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Grose, Thomas Neil, SGT, (1967-1969) AR 11E10 Sergeant
Hampton Jr, David, SGT, (1966-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Hicks, Ronald, SGT, (1967-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Jones, Delma, SGT, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Mitchell, Dennis, SGT, (1966-1968) IN 4745 Sergeant
Pederson, Marvin Clifford, SGT, (1967-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Rider, Earl Conrad, SGT, (1968-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Wesley, David, SGT, (1967-1973) IN 11B40 Sergeant
Wright, Darrel Zane, SGT, (1966-1968) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Ackerman, Maxie Edward, CPL, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Corporal
Lewis, Calvin, CPL, (1968-1969) IN 11B10 Corporal
Mahoney, Ernest, CPL, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Corporal
Maldonado-Torres, Lionel, CPL, (1968-1968) IN 11B10 Corporal
Wright, Raymond Earl, CPL, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Corporal
Cadena, Roland, SP 5, (1967-1970) MD 91A Specialist 5
Harsh, Jim, SP 5, (1966-1969) EN 52B10 Specialist 5
Young, Jon Michael, SP 5, (1965-1968) IN 11F10 Specialist 5
Bronson, Randy K., SP 4, (1968-1969) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Dean, Thomas Jolley, SP 4, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Gonzales, Arturo Perez, SP 4, (1968-1969) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Kennedy, Randall, SP 4, (1968-1974) EN 01D Specialist 4
Peden, Kenneth, SGT, (1967-1970) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Rodney, Carlisle Anthony, SP 4, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Sargent, Stevan Roy, SP 4, (1967-1968) MD 91A Specialist 4
Woods, Ray Houston, SP 4, (1967-1968) IN 11B20 Specialist 4
Brown, Joe Henry, SP 4, (1967-1968) EN 12B10 Specialist
Crichton, Charles Frederic, PFC, (1968-1968) IN 11C20 Private First Class
Lopez, Jose Lius, PFC, (1968-1969) IN 11B10 Private First Class
Donnelly, David, PFC, (1966-1968) IN 11B10 Private First Class
Noland, Kenneth Eugene, PFC, (1967-1968) IN 11B10 Private First Class
York, Robert Leo, PFC, (1967-1968) AR 11D10 Private First Class
Schroeder, Donald Benjamin, LTC, (1948-1969) Lieutenant Colonel
Gallo, Peter Joseph, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Rushing, William Lendell, 1LT, (1965-1968) First Lieutenant
Burgess, John Decator, SGT, (1968-1969) Sergeant
Duran, Richard Losoya, SGT, (1967-1969) Sergeant
Jacobs, William John, CPL, (1967-1968) Corporal
Schoth, William Wesley, SP 5, (1967-1969) Specialist 5
De Vore, Edward Allen, SP 4, (1966-1968) Specialist 4
Duty, Edward, SP 4, (1968-1969) Specialist 4
Poese, Nigel Frederick, SP 4, (1968-1969) Specialist 4
Shaw, Charles Emmitt, SP 4, (1967-1968) Specialist 4
Hayes, Earl Marshall, PFC, (1968-1969) Private First Class
Richards, Rickey Lee, PFC, (1967-1968) AR Private First Class
Howell, Ben Willis, SFC, (1951-1968) Sergeant First Class
Poteat, Dennis Michael, SSG, (1963-1968) Staff Sergeant
Thiele, John Arthur, SSG, (1961-1968) Staff Sergeant
Keeler, Bert Austin, SGT, (1966-1968) Sergeant
Riley, Ronald Howard, SGT, (1967-1969) Sergeant
Scott, Perry Jay, SGT, (1967-1969) Sergeant
Tipton, Timothy Taylor, SGT, (1968-1969) Sergeant
Burke, Patrick Kevin, CPL, (1967-1968) Corporal
Grubbs, George Edward, CPL, (1967-1968) Corporal

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