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Lt. General John L. DeWitt

Lt. General John L. DeWitt Government American History Famous Historical Events Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs World War II

John Lesesne DeWitt (1880-1962) served his country, in various U.S. Army positions, for nearly fifty years (1898-1947).  

DeWitt was very concerned that Japanese-Americans (and ethnic Japanese living in the U.S.) posed a threat to the United States at the beginning of World War II.  So concerned was he about those perceived risks that he strongly recommended the Rose Bowl, of 1942, should be played somewhere outside California.  It was ... in North Carolina.

After the war, Congress gave DeWitt a significant promotion - to full General - in gratitude for his services during WWII.

On the 20th of June, 1962, DeWitt suffered a fatal heart attack.  He was 82 at the time of his death.


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Image of John L. DeWitt, online courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

 

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