Oren Edwin DeHaven – Lieutenant General, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Lieutenant General Oren Edwin DeHaven, Lieutenant General, United States Army (Retired) died on Monday, January 8, 2001, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

He was born November 8, 1924 in South Haven, Michigan, where he attended high school. He joined the Navy as an enlisted man in March of 1942 and served in the Mediterranean, Pacific and European Theatres during World War II.

After the war, he attended college at Eastern Michigan University, where he met and married his wife of 53 years, Patricia Wilson DeHaven. He attended Officer Candidate School in Ft. Riley, Kansas and was commissioned in 1948.

Oren had an illustrious career with the U.S. Army, spanning over 35 years. He served as leader of an intelligence and reconnaissance platoon, two tours of duty in Europe, the second as a company commander and staff officer in the Seventh Army. In 1964 he was assigned to G-4, 8th Army, Korea, and he also served two tours in Vietnam, first commanding the 6th Transportation Battalion and second the 54th Support Group

He served as Commanding General, the U.S. Transportation Center, Commandant, U.S. Army Transportation School, Commanding General U.S. Army Logistics Center, and finally, Director of Logistics, J-4, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired in September, 1983 as a Lieutenant General with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal of the Army, The Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia DeHaven; two sons, Kirk and Kim, and four grandchildren, Lauren, Tyler, Marlaena and Spencer.

A service will be held at Williamsburg Methodist Church, Friday, January 12, at 2 p.m. Graveside service with full military honors, Arlington National Cemetery, January 19 at 11 a.m.

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