Stan Roger Sheridan – Major General, United States Army


Born in California March 27, 1928
Died November 25, 2001

Cadet US. Military Academy 1947-51
Graduated as No. 18204, Class of 1951

Second Lieutenant, 1951
Advanced through grades to Major General, 1979

Served with 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1952-55
Served with Aberdeen Proving Ground, 1955-56
Served with Army Ballistic Missile Agency, Redstone Arsenal, 1955-59
Served as Senior Technical Adviser, Republic of Viet-Nam, 1962-63
Student, Army General Staff College, 1963-64
Served with 81st Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, 1964-65
Served in the Office of the Army Chief of Research & Development, 1965-68
Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 1968-69
Brigade Commander, 4th Infantry Division, 1969
Served with Joint Chiefs of Staff Organization, 1970-71
Project Manager, M60 Tank Project, 1971-74
Commander, Division Support Command, 2nd Armored Division, 1974-75
Project Manager, 1FV/CFV (Bradley) Project, 1975-78
Director of Battle Systems Integration, Army Materiel Development & Readiness Command, 1978-79
Director of Development & Engineering, Army  Materiel Development & Readiness Command, 1978-79
Assistant Deputy Army Chief of Staff (Research, Development & Acquisition), 1981-83
Retired 1983

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (two)
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Air Medal (13)

It is with the greatest sorrow and regret that I announce the passing of a dear personal friend and a friend of all Armor soldiers and current/former members of the 69th Armored Regiment, Major General Stan R. Sheridan, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.

Stan died the evening of November 25, 2001 of a massive infection which appeared roughly a week after his double knee replacement surgery. Your condolences may be sent to Mrs. Ruth Sheridan and family (Sons Stan Jr. and Jeff) at their home, 611 Jacana Circle, Naples, Florida 34105.

Final arrangements for the interment of MG Sheridan at Arlington National Cemetery are as follows:

Services will be held at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, Virginia, on 10 January, 2002, at 1100. The funeral cortege will proceed from the chapel into Arlington National Cemetery to the gravesite for full military burial honors by the Old Guard. The service, procession and gravesite ceremonies will take approximately two hours. A special seating section has been set aside behind the family for the 69th Armored Regiment at the Old Chapel Service. Those wishing to participate in the cortege to the gravesite please follow the directions of the Old Guard personnel outside the Chapel. The proceedings will move very quickly and orderly. Listen to the Army people and follow their lead. Guests will follow the 2nd marching unit on foot or by POV at the rear of the procession. I would suggest foot mode as parking is extremely limited and cramped. If you drive, you will have to exit the cemetery from the main gate and go back around to the Fort Myer main entrance and not through the cemetery entrance as it is blocked off.

We are planning to have the Regimental Color Guard in attendance along with soldiers from both active 69th Armor Battalions. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend.

A reception will be held at the Fort Myer Officer’s club immediately following the ceremonies. All are invited to attend.

For your convenience and peace of mind, if you plan to attend, park around the Officers Club at Fort Myer. There are also lots in the area for parking. Security is extremely tight. You will need to show your drivers license/photo ID at the gate and your vehicle may be searched. Get there early. A DOD pass or Military ID will get your through with little delay.

There are funeral ceremonies and services hourly so please do not enter the Chapel until the 10:00 service is finished. BE PATIENT!!! The security people are very courteous and helpful…..listen to them.

Come prepared for the cold……..the wind factor in January can be brutal.

Contact Jim Walker for additional information or questions (540/774-1007 ).

If you did not receive our Email on Major General Sheridan’s untimely passing our sincerest apologies. It has been a severe shock to all of us who were very close to him. He will be sorely missed in so many quarters.
May God embrace his spirit and bless his family.

We have lost a great one. God be with him and his family.

Jim Walker

Served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade
Served With 1st Battalion, 69th Armor 20 (4th Infantry Division)
President, Patton Museum Development Fund/Patton Museum Foundation, Inc.

LTC (MG Ret) Stan R. Sheridan assumed command of 1/69 Armor in September, 1968 at LZ Uplift. The Battalion provided support to the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) along the Bong Son Plain and in the An Loa Valley. On October 18, 1968 the Battalion Forward HQ again moved, along with A and B companies, this time west to the area of the Oasis, HQ of the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division along Highway QL19W, where they conducted numerous reconnaissance-in-force operations north and east of  Duc Co. C company remained at LZ Uplift to support the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and sent its 1st platoon to LZ Schueller to conduct operations along Highway QL19E in support of the 1st Battalion 50th Infantry (Mechanized). Also during this period, a provisional detachment of tanks from the line companies was detailed to support elements of the 101st Airborne Division and the 44th ARVN Regiment in the Phan Thiet – Song Mao area.

The Battalion continued operations east and west of Pleiku and along the coastal plain during 1969. B Company was given the mission of Rapid Reaction Force and route security between Dak To and the besieged Special Forces border camp of Ben Het. Bravo Company’s lst Platoon, detailed to provide additional firepower to the SF camp, fought what was to be the only engagement between U.S. and NVA armor on the night of 3-4 March 1969. Obviously surprised by the presence of the U.S. tanks, the enemy fled the field after the B Company M48s destroyed several of the assaulting vehicles.

VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 04/02/1962 – 10/01/1983
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/27/1928
DATE OF DEATH: 11/25/2001


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