Miller Grieve White
Major General, Uinted States Army
Grieve White ,92, a retired Army Major General who was a personnel specialist
during most of his military career, died of a heart ailment October 26,
1987 at Goodwin House in Alexandria.
He was president of the Army's personnel board when he retired in 1955.
During World War II he was Assistant Chife of Staff for Personnel, and in that capacity guided the Army's expansion from a force of 3.5 million to more than 8 million. He also planned the first exchange of seriously ill and wounded prisoners of war between the Allies and Germany.
A native of Macon, Georgia, he enlisted in the Army during World War I and served in a machine gun battalion. He was wounded in France and received a Purple Heart.
After the war he returned to Macon where he served on the city police force and later received a commission in the Georgia National Guard. He attended the Army's Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In 1937, he was called to active duty and assigned to the War Department in Washington, D.C. as a personnel officer. During the final months of World War II, served in Italy, and he served in Germany after the war.
He returned to the Washington area in 1948 and lived in Alexandria after his retirement from the Army. He was a former member of the vestry at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria and more recently had been a member of Grace Episcopal Church there. His first wife, Allie Jeff Doster White, died in 1968, and his second wife, Margaret Keyser Smith White, died in 1979.
Survivors include three children of his first marriage, Dorothy W. Bakke of Alexandria, Robin W. Marlow of Golden, Colorado, and ret United States Air force Colonel Miller G. White Jr of San Antonio; one stepdaughter, Patsy Ticer of Alexandria; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. July 28, 1895-October 26, 1987.
Posted: 23 January 2002 Updated: 18 October 2006 Updated: 14 May 2008
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, May 2008