Sidney Clay Wooten – Major General, United States Army


Sidney Clay Wooten, 96, an Army Major General who retired in 1965 after having served as Deputy Commander of the National War College, died of pneumonia December 26,  2003, at home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

In a 35-year military career, General Wooten commanded Fort Devens in Massachusetts and Fort Dix in New Jersey. During World War II, he commanded the 5th Infantry Regiment in Europe.

He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1930. Before World War II he served in various infantry units and as an aide to the governor of Puerto Rico. He attended the Command and General Staff College and, after the war, the National War College.

He later served in Korea, where he commanded the 17th Infantry Regiment and then was chief adviser to the South Korean army.

At Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, he directed the reception and resettlement of 30,000 Hungarian refugees who fled the nation after the 1956 uprising.

General Wooten's medals included the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and the Chevy Chase Club.

He settled in the Washington area after his military retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Gibson Wooten of Chevy Chase; four children, Sidney Wooten Jr. of Atlanta, Anne Moore of Orlando, Katherine Beattie of Malibu, Calif., and Diana Goodman of Los Angeles; and seven grandchildren.

NOTE: His parents, William Preston Wooten, Brigadier General, United States Army (1873-1950) and Katherine Clay Wooten (1875-1962) are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • MG   US ARMY
  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 08/01/1934 – 08/01/1965
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 05/16/1907
  • DATE OF DEATH: 12/26/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/02/2004

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