DeWitt, John Lesesne

Date of birth:
January 9th, 1880 (Fort Sidney/Nebraska, United States)
Date of death:
June 20th, 1962 (Washington, D.C./District Of Columbia, United States)
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: 2E. Grave: 133.
Service number:
0-742
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
Supply Section, General Staff, 1st Army, American Expeditionary Forces
Awarded on:
1919
Action:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Infantry) John Lesesne De Witt, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel De Witt organized the Supply Section of the General Staff of the 1st Army and successfully administered this important section during all the operations of that command. The results obtained by his untiring efforts and brilliant professional ability had a marked influence on the successes attained by the 1st Army."
Details:
War Department, General Orders No. 59
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant General
Unit:
Western Defense Command, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1943
Awarded for:
Operation Landcrab
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Action:
"Lieutenant General John Lesesne DeWitt (ASN: 0-742), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility."
Details:
War Department, General Orders No. 69
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Second DSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant General
Unit:
Western Defense Command, U.S. Army
Awarded for:
Operation Landcrab
Distinguished Service Medal - Navy/USMC
Philippine Campaign Medal
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Details:
7 campaign stars
World War I Victory Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
1 campaign star
American Defence Service Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
1 campaign star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

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