Elmer Hugo Almquist, Jr.
Lieutenant General, United States Army
General Almquist, the father of Oil City resident Deborah A. Rosen, had lived in northern Virginia since 1975.
Born May 17, 1919, in Louisville, Kentucky, he was the son of E.H. and Victoria Williams Almquist.
He graduated in 1940 from Auburn University and immediately entered the Army. During World War II, he served in the 6th Field Artillery Battalion and the 135th Field Artillery Battalion, which he commanded in 1945 as a 26-year-old Lieutenant Colonel.
General Almquist fought in the North Solomon Islands and in the Luzon campaign where he helped pioneer the use of field artillery in jungle warfare.
After the war, General Almquist commanded tank battalions at Camp Chaffee, Arkanss, and an armory group in Wertheim, Germany. He also served as assistant division commander of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He later became the commanding general of the South European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy.
As commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division in Germany, he qualified as a paratrooper at age 50. He also served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as chief of staff for the U.S. Army in Europe and as the assistant chief of staff for force development for the Department of the Army. He retired in 1975.
General Almquist attended the Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Army War College and the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.
His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Joint Services Commendation Medal.
After retiring from the military, General Almquist worked as a consultant on force structure and defense nuclear issues and was vice president of JAYCOR, a defense consulting firm.
He was married in Kansas City, Missouri, July 27, 1946, to Dorothy J. Knight, who preceded him in death April 14, 2004.
Surviving are two daughters, Deborah A. Rosen and husband, Bruce, of Oil City, and Victoria Almquist of Alexandria, Virginia; and two grandsons, Charles T. Rosen of Oil City and Courtney G. Rosen and wife, Brooke, of Arlington, Virginia.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 2, in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment with full military honors will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oil City
Library or a charity of one's choice.
Mrs. Almquist was born in Flint, Michigan, and was raised there and in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Skidmore College and the University of Missouri.
In 1946, she married Elmer H. "Hook" Almquist, an Army officer who later retired as a Lieutenant General. She accompanied him to posts in Japan, Germany and Italy and across the United States.
They had lived in the Washington area off and on since 1954 and then permanently since 1975, mostly in Alexandria.
In the 1960s, she worked as an interior designer for Honeycutt Fabrics and as an editor and publisher of an Alexandria community newsletter.
In addition to her husband, of Fort Belvoir,
survivors include two children, Deborah A. Rosen of Oil City, Pa., and
Victoria Almquist of Alexandria; and two grandsons.
ALMQUIST, DOROTHY KNIGHT
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/27/1925
DATE OF DEATH: 04/14/2004
BURIED AT: SECTION 30 SITE 264-LH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF ALMQUIST, ELMER HUGO JR LTG US ARMY
ALMQUIST, ELMER HUGO JR
Posted: 9 October 2005 Updated: 18 August 2006 Updated: 3 December 2006