Robert C. Forman – Major General, United States Army

From a contemporary press account:

Robert C. Forman, 66, an Army major general and Vietnam War veteran who retired in 1984 as commander of the Army’s 6th Readiness Region, headquartered at Fort Knox, Kentucky., died of colon cancer September 18, 1998 at Walter Reed Hospital. He lived in McLean, Virginia.

In 1970, General Forman served in Vietnam as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery of the 9th Infantry Division. He had a subsequent assignment as a division artillery executive officer in the 25th Infantry Division.

He served 34 years in the Army, beginning with his 1950 graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and attended the Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

General Forman, who was born at Fort Monroe, Virginia, was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery in 1954 and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Germany. He later became aide-de-camp to the deputy commanding general of the 2nd U.S. Army at Fort Meade.

After his Vietnam War service, he became a staff officer in the office of the assistant secretary of the Army and was later named that office’s chief of the procurement, education, research and training division. His other assignments included assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Okla., chairman of the Multiple Launch Rocket System Source Selection Evaluation Board at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and commander of the U.S. Army Training Support Center at Fort Eustis, Va.

On retiring from the Army, Gen. Forman worked as a consultant for seven years until 1991.

His military honors included the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Susie H. Forman of McLean; four children, Sally F. Slate of Richmond, Robert C. Forman Jr. of Louisville, Charles E. Forman of Atlanta and Jacqueline F. Emmons of Manassas; a brother, O.T. Forman of Dallas; a sister, Jackie Horridge of Nashville; and eight grandchild.


On Friday, September 18, 1998, Major General ROBERT C. FORMAN, husband of Susie Hart Forman; father of Sally F. Flate, Robert C. Forman, Jr., Charles E. Forman and Jacqueline E. Emmons; brother of Tom Forman and Jackie Horridge; eight grandchildren also survive. Services will be held at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel on Friday, September 25 at 2 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions to American Cancer Society.

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