Lawrence Russell Dewey Major General, United States Army

Major General Lawrence Russell Dewey
Born in Iowa May 19, 1901
Cadet USMA July 1, 1920
Second Lieutenant 1924 (number 7300)
First Lieutenant March 11, 1929
Captain August 1, 1935
Major (AUS) January 4, 1941
Major June 12, 1941
Lieutenant Colonel (AUS) December 24, 1941
Colonel (AUS) July 6, 1943
Lieutenant Colonel June 12, 1947
Colonel March 25, 1949
Brigadier General 1951
Major General September 24, 1954

Student Officer, Troop Officer´s Course, Fort Riley 1929-30.
Student Officer, Signal Corps School, Fort Monmouth 1930-31.
Regimental Adjudant, Supply & Police Officer, 8th Cavalry Regiment 1931-33.
Regimental Communications Officer, 26th Cavalry Regiment & Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Evan H. Humphrey, Fort Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands, 1933-35.
Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Evan H. Humphrey, Fort Clark, Texas 1935-36.
Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Evan H. Humphrey, Fort William McKinley & Fort Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands, 1936-38.
Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Evan H. Humphrey, New York Port of Embarkation 1938-39.
Troop Commander, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Myer, Virginia, 1939-40.
S-3, Executive Officer 82nd RCN Battalion, Assistant G-3, 2nd Armored Division 1940-42.
Assistant G-3 (Operations & Training), 1st Armored Division 1942.
Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division 1943-44.
Commander, Combat Command “A”, 1st Armored Division 1944.
Commander, Combat Command “B”, 1st Armored Division 1944-45.
Student, National War College 1946-47.
Staff Member, National War College 1947-50.
NATO SG, Washington D.C. 1950-51.
Assistant Divisional Commander, 1st Armored Division 1951.
Chief of Staff, IX US. Corps 1951-53.
Chief, Management Division (Comptroller´s Office) 1953-54.
Assistant Comptroller of the Army 1954-55.
Chief, Military Advisory Group, Turkey 1955-57.
Director of Military Assistance, US. European Command 1957-59.
Chief, Army Audit Agency 1959-61.
Retired 1961
Member, Board of National Estimates, CIA 1961-63.
Silver Star – Legion of Merit – BSM – CR – Purple Heart

From a contemporary press report:

Florence Powers Dewey died suddenly, on the evening of July 5, 1999 at her Shoreham West home in Washington, D.C., from heart failure. She is the widow of the late Major General Lawrence R. Dewey (USMA 1924).

Born on August 31, 1911 at her family's renowned agricultural and equestrian estate, Shrewsbury Manor, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, she is the daughter of the late Harry Lord Powers and Elizabeth Robinson Hazard of New York City and Shrewsbury. She descends from the first European child born on the Island of Manhattan of the Verplanck family. Her father's family were among the original New York Knickerbocker settlers. Her paternal grandfather was a banker who developed the West Side of Mount Morris Park in what is now the Harlem Historic District and was  Commisioner of Parks. Her mother's family were the founders of Newport, Rhode Island and she descends from Governor Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard. Her maternal grandfather created and held the patent for ”tomato ketchup,” since acquired by H.J. Heinz.

A member of the Sulgrave Club, The Ladies Board of St. John's Community Services, and the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter III. She accompanied her husband on his military assignments around the world, and was an accomplished horsewoman.

She is survived by her adoring children and their families, Lt. Col. Lawrence R. Dewey, Jr. of Wintergreen, VA, Mrs. Francis J. Hughes (Cici), and Donald H. Dewey of Washington, DC and Mrs. Christopher L. Vance (Elizabeth) of Charlotte, NC. In addition to seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, she is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Charles V.B. Cushman of Palos Verdes, CA and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger and Mrs. Hans A. Frech of New York City. She is also the sister of the late Jesse W. Powers, formerly of California and the late Mrs. Richard E. deButts of Upperville, VA.

She will be interred with her husband of 63 years adjacent to historic Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking the City of Washington. Services will be held at Fort Myer Chapel on Wednesday, July 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter III, Attn: Mrs. Burnside Huffman, 1701 Crescent Ln., McLean, VA 22101.


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