John S. Lekson – Major General, United States Army

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“Died January 19, 1992 of complications caused by cancer. He began his military career in 1940 by enlisting in the National Guard as a Private. He was commissioned through Officers Candidate School and rose to Major during World War II.

During the war, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division, including the 504th Parachute Infantry, and fought in North Africa, Italy, Holland and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge.

In Vietnam he served as Assistant Commander of the 9th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division in 1967-68. He also served in Austria, Italy and Korea. His final assignment was Director of Operations for the Readiness Command, predecessor of the U.S. Central Command.

He retired in 1975. His medals included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.”

He is buried in Section 59 of Arlington National Cemetery.

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