Born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, August 25, 1894, the son of Colonel Calvin DeWitt, he graduted from West Point in 1916.
He was a career Army officer who commanded the New York Port of Embarction after World War II. His father was a surgeon in the Civil War, the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War and his brothers were John Lensesne DeWitt, Commanding General of the Western Defense Command during World War II and Wallace DeWitt, an Army surgeon for whom DeWitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is named.
He served in France in World War I and held several cavalry commands in the years following. In 1942 be became Executive Officer of the New York Port of Embarcation and later commanded both the Boston and New York ports.
He died in Alexandria, Virginia, on January 10, 1989 and was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery.
CALVIN DEWITT, JR., 94, BRIGADIER GENERAL, DIES
WASHINGTON, January 12, 1989 – Brigadier General Calvin DeWitt, Jr. a career Army officer who commanded the New York Port of Embarkation after World War II, died Tuesday at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. He was 94 years old.
General DeWitt was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a family with a long military tradition. His father was a surgeon in the Civil War and his brothers were John L. DeWitt, Commanding General of the Western Defense Command in World War II, and Brigadier General Wallace DeWitt, an Army Surgeon for whom the DeWitt Army Hospital at For Belvoir, Virginia, is named.
Brigadier General Calvin DeWitt, Jr, served in France in World War I and held several cavalry commands in the years following. In 1942 he became executive officer of the New York Port of Embarkation and later commander both the Boston and New York Posts.
He is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Robertson of Alexandria; two sons, Calvin 3rd, of Seaford, Virginia, and William of Williamstown, Massachusetts and six grandchildren.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard