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Bethel Wood Simpson
Brigadier General, United States Army
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Bethel Wood Simpson, the son of Wendell Lee Simpson, was botn in Michigan 11 July 1888.  He was a 1911 graduate of the United States Military Academy.  He served in World War I and World War II.  He died 16 February 1958 in California and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Brigadier General Bethel W. Simpson. Leader in Ordnance personnel and training in World War II at Aberdeen and Santa Anita.

1936-1941 Chief of Personnel Division, Office of the Chief of Ordnance
1941-1942 Commandant of Ordnance Replacement Training Center
1942- 1944 Commandant of Ordnance Training Center
1944-1945 Attached to Ordnance Office at Headquarters Army Ground Forces
1945 Member of Joint Production Survey Committee
1946 Retired

BW Simpson & Eleanor Roosevelt PHOTO
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt looking on as men of the Ordnance Replacement Training Center take an examination in the principles of ammunition supply. Mrs. Roosevelt was particularly interested in observing the methods used by the Army in teaching men who have had little or no formal education. At left is Brigadier General Bethel W. Simpson, who escorted her around the post.



BW Simpson Gravesite PHOTO
 Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, October 2006

Bethel Wood Simpson
11 Jul 1888-27 February 1955
Born 11 July 1888, Lansing, Michigan
Father: Wendell Lee SIMPSON
Mother: Marion O. WOOD 

SIMPSON, BETHEL WOOD
B/GEN U S A
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/11/1888
DATE OF DEATH: 02/17/1955
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 2511-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


Posted: 20 May 2006 Updated: 18 October 2006
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