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John Lesesne De Witt, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters) (United States of America), D.S. M. (United States Navy); Office Legion of Honor (Fr.); Order Aztec Eagle (Mexico), 1943. member War Department General Staff, 1919-1924 and 1926-1928.


Witt, John Lesesne De was born on January 9, 1880 in Fort Sidney, Nebraska, United States. Son of Calvin and Josephine (Lesesne) D.


Student Princeton; graduated from Army School of Line, 1907, Army War College, 1920. A.M. Princeton, 1932.


1 son, John Lesesne. Appointed Second lieutenant infantry United States Army, October 10, 1898. Promoted through grades to colonel, May 9, 1921. Quartermaster general rank of major general, 1930-1934.

Brigadier general, March 1934, major general, December 1936, Lieutenant general, December 1939. Served in Philippines 4 times to 1937. Instructor at O.T.C., Plattsburg, New York, May-August 1917.

To France with 42d Division, September 1917. Duty General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force, January 1918. Assistant chief of staff for supply 1st Corps, American Expeditionary Force, February-July 1918.

Assistant chief of staff for supply 1st Army, August 1918 to January 1919. Participated in Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Champagne-Marne operations. Instructor Army War College, 1919-1920.

Member War Department General Staff, 1919-1924 and 1926-1928. Assistant commandant Army War College, 1928-1930. Commanding 1st Brig., 1st Division, 1934-1935.

Commanding 23d Brig., Philippine Division 1935-1936. Commanding latter Division 1937. Commandant Army War College, July 1937-December 1939.

Lieutenant general commanding 4th Army and 9th Corps Area, December 5, 1939. Commanding 4th Army, November 9, 1940. Commanding Western Defense Command and 4th Army, March 17, 1941-September 17, 1943.

Commandant Army, and Navy Staff College, Washington, September 1943-November 1945. Office Chief of Staff, United States Army, November 1945-April 1947. Retired from active duty June 10, 1947, 4 star general, 1954.


Member War Department General Staff, 1919-1924 and 1926-1928. Clubs: Army and Navy, Army and Navy Country (Washington).


Married Martha Estes, June 3, 1903.

Calvin D.

Josephine (Lesesne) D.

Martha Estes