Deane Jr., John R.


1976 TLS from the Chief of Staff, Field Forces Vietnam, Asst. Commander of the 1st Infantry Div., and commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade


Autograph ID: 6902
Condition: Very Good
Description: “(1919-2013) USMA 1942, US Army General, son of a career Army officer and future Major General. He enlisted in 1937 then attended West Point. Upon graduation, joined the 104th Infantry Div. as a platoon leader and, by war’s end was a battalion commander. An Intelligence Officer in Europe 1945-47, he returned to Washington to the Army’s Joint War Plans Division. Deane became Executive Asst. to the Secretary of the Army 1951, attended Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth
in 1952, then was Chief of Plans, Military Armistice Commission in Korea to 1954. After attending the Armed Forces Staff College, he became Chief of Programs and Budget in the Office of the Chief, Research and Development, Army Dept. From 1958–1959, he attended the National War College, then went to Germany as Asst. to the Chief of Staff, US Army, Europe. From Feb. 1961-June 1962, he led 2nd Battle Group in Berlin. After other assignments, in 1965 he became Asst. Division Commander, 82nd Airborne Div. at Fort Bragg. General Deane became Chief of Staff, Field Forces in Vietnam in Feb. 1966. That July, he became Asst. Division Commander, 1st Infantry Div., in Vietnam. In Dec. 1966, he became Commanding General, 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, earning 2 DSCs. From Oct. 1967-Sept. 1968, General Deane served as the Army’s Director of Doctrine in the Office of the Asst. Chief of Staff for Force Development, then Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Div., Fort Bragg Oct. 1968-July 1970. In July 1972, he was appointed Army Deputy Asst. Chief of Staff for Force Development to August 1972, when he became Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Promoted to full general, he commanded the Army Materiel Command 1975 to his Jan. 1977 retirement.

TLS “Jack” on 8 ½ x 7 4-star letterhead as General, USA, (Washington), January 21 1976, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Army War College Commandant. Deane thanks Smith for a lunch and “the typically outstanding response” from the War College students, appreciates assistance of Smith’s aide during his visit.

DeWITT C. SMITH, JR. (1920-1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the US Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. He was wounded 3 times and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the “Old Guard” at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.”
Type: Letter

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