Arthur G. Trudeau – Lieutenant General, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Retired Army Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau, 88, who commanded infantry units  in  World War II and Korea, died of heart failure June 5, 1991 at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Born in Middlebury, Vermont, he graduated from West Point in 1924 and went into the Corps of Engineers.  He received a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1944, he was promoted to Brigadier General and in 1945 he assumed command of a secret base in the Philippines, assisting in the preparation for an invasion of Japan that never came.  After the war, he served in Germany before becoming deputy commandant of the Army War College in 1950.

In 1952, he was assigned to the First Cavalry Division in Japan and commanded the 7th Infantry Division in Korea in 1953. He commanded US and Korean forces in several battles, including the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.  In 1954, he became chief of Army intelligence at the Pentagon.

In 1958, he returned to the Pentagon as Director of Army Research and Development and was instrumental in the early stages of research into ground-based nuclear weapons.

He retired in 1962 and became president of the Gulf Research Development Company in Pittsburgh. He was later chairman of the board for North American Rockwell and continued a consultant for several defense contractors.

He received 3 Distinguished Service Medals and the Bronze Star.

His first wife, Helen Ruddy Trudeau, died in 1965. A son, Arthur Trudeau Jr., died in 1989.  He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Camalier Trudeau; a daughter, Joan Trudeau Kane; a sister, Florence Trudeau Bobbit; 4 stepchildren; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren.

Services will at 10:45 am Thursday at Ft Meyer Chapel, with burial in Arlington National Cemetery.  Thefamily suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Father Marten's Ashley Rehabilitation Center in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Arthur G. Trudeau, Jr. Son of the General.  Died: 1989.

Helen RuddyTrudeau, Wife of Arthur G. Trudeau.  Died: 1965.

General Arthur G. Trudeau once wrote: “Character is something each one of us must build for himself, out of the laws of God and nature, the examples of others, and – most of all – out of the trials and errors of daily life. Character is the total of thousands of small daily strivings to live up to the best that is in us. Character is the final decision to reject whatever is demeaning to oneself and others and with confidence and honesty to choose the right.”

“Two years ago, we could have quickly defeated Hanoi. When you decide to apply force — as we have decided to do — then you must apply it at once and on as massive a scale as possible.

“But the way we're doing it is like someone suffering from a long illness that gradually gets worse. The gradual development allows the victim to become accustomed to more and more pain — so he learns to bear it. While if he were in an accident and broke a leg, or suffered an even worse, more abrupt shock, his tendency would be to give up …. In warfare, the element of surprised shock is vitally important. And we have not used that element in Vietnam.”
Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau (1968)
Former Army Chief of Research and Development

Rosalie Camalier Trudeau Church and Club Member

Rosalie Camalier Trudeau, 88, a member of the Catholic Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington and its Sodality, died February 2, 2003, at Casey House hospice in Rockville, Maryland, after a stroke.

Mrs. Trudeau, a Chevy Chase resident, was a native Washingtonian and attended National Cathedral School for Girls. She was a graduate of Immaculata high school and junior college.

In the 1930s and early 1940s, she did sales work and was a buyer for Camalier & Buckley, a leather goods company her father started. Then until the early 1950s, she taught nutrition to nursing students at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda as a volunteer with the Gray Ladies.

She was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and on the board of Father Martin's Ashley, a private rehabilitation facility for the treatment of substance abuse in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Her memberships also included the Washington chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women, Army and Navy Club in Washington and Chevy Chase Country Club.

Her avocations included playing bridge.

Her husband, Raymond Arnold Walsh Jr., whom she married in 1936, died in a plane crash in 1963. A son from that marriage, Raymond A. Walsh III, died in a plane crash in 1993.

Her second husband, retired Army Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau, the former Army Chief of Intelligence, died in 1991. A stepson, Arthur G. Trudeau Jr., died in 1989.

Survivors include three children from her first marriage, Susan A. Walsh-Day of Bethesda, Mary E. Walsh of Tornado, West Virginia, and Margaret Walsh McCloskey of Minot, Maine; a stepdaughter, Joan Trudeau Kane of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and a grandson.


On February 2, 2003, of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Beloved wife of the late Raymond Arnold Walsh, Jr. and the late Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau; mother of Susan A. Walsh-Day of Bethesda, Maryland, Mary E. Walsh of Tornado, West Virginia, Margaret Walsh McCloskey of Minot, Maine and the late Raymond A. Walsh, III; sister of the late Charles A. Camalier, Jr. and Lucille Camalier Sirica. She is also survived by one grandson, John A. Wenzel of Fairfax, Virginia; her longtime companion, Colonel Tracy E. Mulligan of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

A memorial Mass will be offered on Friday, February 7 at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Western Ave. at Quesada St., NW, at 1 p.m. Private interment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Hospice Casey House, 6001 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville, Maryland 20855.

Raymond A. Walsh III, August 14, 1993, Army National Guard member interred in same grave as his father. He was killed in a plane crash and was granted exception for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.


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