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Donald Raymond Keith

army officer , business executive

Donald Raymond Keith, business executive, retired army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service medal, Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, Vietnamese Distinguished Service Order.


Keith, Donald Raymond was born on January 31, 1927 in Mason County, Michigan, United States. Son of John Daniel and Agnes Elizabeth (Miller) Keith.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1949. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1957.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army, 1949, advanced through grades to general, 1981. Assistant professor chemistry United States Military Academy, 1958-1961. Assistant secretary general staff Department Army, Washington, 1964-1966.

Commanding officer 5th Battalion, 73d Artillery, 1967-1968, 36th Field Artillery Group, 1969-1970. Executive to chief research and development Department Army, Washington, 1970-1971. Director research and analysis Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1971-1973.

Director developers Office Chief Research and Development, Department Army, Washington, 1973-1974. Director Weapons Systems Office Deputy Chief Staff for Research and Development and Acquisition Department Army, 1974-1976. Commanding general United States Army Field Artillery Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1976-1977.

Deputy chief staff research, development and acquisition Department Army, 1977-1981. Commander United States Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, 1981-1984. Retired, 1984; president Cypress International, Alexandria, Virginia, from 1984.


Married Erika Krausse, April 11, 1953. 1 son, Michael Thomas.