Arthur Hanket, 82, an Army Brigadier General who served in Korea and Vietnam, died of congestive heart failure January 12, 2007, at his McLean, Virginia, home.
Genaral Hanket, a Cleveland native and 1945 West Point graduate, served in Italy and Trieste after World War II.
He was with a combat engineer group in Korea in 1954, commanded a battalion of the 101st Airborne Division and was the deputy brigade commander of the division's 2nd Brigade.
General Hanket also spent 2 1/2 years in Vietnam, most of the time as the division support commander and acting chief of staff for the 9th Infantry and on the Military Assistance Command staff.
In Washington, he served with the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, the Defense Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as chief of policy and plans for the Far East-South Asia. He retired from the military in 1974.
Among his military awards were the Distinguished Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, five awards of the Bronze Star Medal and two awards of the Air Medal.
General Hanket received two master's degrees, one in engineering in 1950 from Harvard University and one in international affairs in 1964 from George Washington University. He also graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1964.
After leaving the military, he worked for Oliver Carr Company, which became CarrAmerica, a commercial real estate service company. General Hanket was a project manager, director of design and development and vice president of administration. He managed the construction of 10 office complexes in the Washington area, including International Square, Metropolitan Square, the old Garfinkel's building and the MCI world headquarters. He retired a second time in 1999.
General Hanket then became a full-time real estate agent with Long and Foster in McLean.
He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington County. He was past president of the 9th Infantry Division Association and of his West Point class. He was a member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, the Harvard Club of Washington, the 101st Airborne Division Association, Army Navy Country Club and the Army and Navy Club.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jimsy M. Hanket of McLean; two children, Arthur A. Hanket of Los Angeles and Susan H. Brandt of Malvern, Pennsylvania; a sister; and four grandchildren.
ARTHUR P. HANKET
BRIG. GEN. USA (Ret.)
On January 12, 2007, ARTHUR P. HANKET, of McLean, Virginia. Husband of Jimsy M. Hanket. Father of Arthur A. Hanket and Susan H. Brandt; brother of Patricia H. Buckles. He is also survived by four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 26, at 10:45 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church Scholarship Fund, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22201 or the CARES Foundation Inc., 2414 Morris Ave., Ste. 110, Union, New Jersey 07083.
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