Arthur William Pence – Major General, United States Army

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Pence, Arthur William

  • Born July 18, 1898
  • Died November 8, 1954
  • United States Military Academy Class of November 1918
  • United States Army
  • Major General
  • Arlington National Cemetery Section  2, Grave 3425-1
  • Buried November 10, 1954

Courtesy of Michael T. Stein:

Major General Arthur W. Pence (1898-1954)

  • Second Lieutenant 1918 (No. 6031)
  • First Lieutenant May 1st, 1919
  • Captain October 19th, 1934
  • Major July 1st, 1940
  • Lieutenant Colonel (AUS) September 15th, 1941
  • Colonel (AUS) February 1st, 1942
  • Lieutenant Colonel December 11th, 1942
  • Brigadier General (AUS) April 27th, 1943
  • Brigadier General (AUS) terminated March 31st, 1946
  • Colonel March 11th, 1948
  • Brigadier General 1951
  • Major General 1953
  • In Charge Engineer ROTC Unit, University of Alabama 1928-32.
  • In Charge of Central Area, Vicksburg Engineering District 1932-34.
  • Assistant to the District Engineer, Fort Peck (Montana) 1934-37.
  • Student Officer, Command & General Staff School 1937-38.
  • Member, Staff & Faculty, Engineering School 1938-40.
  • Served with the Engineering Training Center 1941.
  • Executive Officer, Caribbean Division, Corps of Engineers 1941-42.
  • Deputy Engineer, Service of Supply, European Theater of Operations 1942.
  • Engineer, Mediterranean Base Sector, NATOUSA 1942-43.
  • Commander & Commanding General, Eastern Base Sector, NATOUSA 1943.
  • Commanding General, Peninsular Base Sector, NATOUSA 1943-44.
  • Commanding General, Army Service Forces Training Center, Ft. Belvoir 1944.
  • Director of Service Instruction & Commandant, School of Logistics, Ft. Belvoir 1944-48.
  • Chief of Staff, The Engineering Center, Fort Belvoir 1948-49.
  • District Engineer, Nashville (Tennessee) 1949-50.
  • Division Engineer, Cincinnati 1950-51.
  • Served with the Office of the Chief of Engineers 1951.
  • Assistant Chief of Engineers 1951-53.
  • Commanding General, 6th Armored Division 1953-54.
  • Commandant/Commanding General, The Engineering Center & School, Ft. Belvoir 1954.

DSM – BSM – Legion of Merit (2)


MAJOR GENERAL A. W. PENCE

FORT BELVOIR,Virginia – November 8, 1954 – Major General Arthur W. Pence, Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers Center at Fort Belvoir, died today after a heart attack.  He was 56 years old.

General Pence at one time was Ohio River Division Engineer and had held Army Engineer posts in Montana and Mississippi. He recently had commanded the Sixth Armored Division at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth F. Pence; two sons, Captain W. F. Pence, stationed in Korea and Captain Arthur W. Pence, Jr. of New Brunswick, New Jersey; a daughter, Miss Betty Sue Pence of Fort Belvoir, and his mother, Mrs. Alive Dunbar Pence of Severna Park, Maryland.

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NOTE: Two of his sons are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery:

William Fuller Pence, Colonel, United States Army, USMA 1946
Arthur William Pence, Jr.,  Colonel, United States Army, USMA 1946

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