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Arthur William Pence
Major General, United States Army
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Pence, Arthur William
Born July 18, 1898
Died November 8, 1954
United States Military Academy Class of November 1918
United States Army
Major General
Arlington National Cemetery Section  2, Grave 3425-1
Buried November 10, 1954

Courtesy of Michael T. Stein:

Major General Arthur W. Pence (1898-1954)

Second Lieutenant 1918 (No. 6031)
First Lieutenant May 1st, 1919
Captain October 19th, 1934
Major July 1st, 1940
Lieutenant Colonel (AUS) September 15th, 1941
Colonel (AUS) February 1st, 1942
Lieutenant Colonel December 11th, 1942
Brigadier General (AUS) April 27th, 1943
Brigadier General (AUS) terminated March 31st, 1946
Colonel March 11th, 1948
Brigadier General 1951
Major General 1953

In Charge Engineer ROTC Unit, University of Alabama 1928-32.
In Charge of Central Area, Vicksburg Engineering District 1932-34.
Assistant to the District Engineer, Fort Peck (Montana) 1934-37.
Student Officer, Command & General Staff School 1937-38.
Member, Staff & Faculty, Engineering School 1938-40.
Served with the Engineering Training Center 1941.
Executive Officer, Caribbean Division, Corps of Engineers 1941-42.
Deputy Engineer, Service of Supply, European Theater of Operations 1942.
Engineer, Mediterranean Base Sector, NATOUSA 1942-43.
Commander & Commanding General, Eastern Base Sector, NATOUSA 1943.
Commanding General, Peninsular Base Sector, NATOUSA 1943-44.
Commanding General, Army Service Forces Training Center, Ft. Belvoir 1944.
Director of Service Instruction & Commandant, School of Logistics, Ft. Belvoir 1944-48.
Chief of Staff, The Engineering Center, Fort Belvoir 1948-49.
District Engineer, Nashville (Tennessee) 1949-50.
Division Engineer, Cincinnati 1950-51.
Served with the Office of the Chief of Engineers 1951.
Assistant Chief of Engineers 1951-53.
Commanding General, 6th Armored Division 1953-54.
Commandant/Commanding General, The Engineering Center & School, Ft. Belvoir 1954.

DSM - BSM - Legion of Merit (2)


FORT BELVOIR,Virginia November 8, 1954 Major General Arthur W. Pence, Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers Center at Fort Belvoir, died today after a heart attack.  He was 56 years old.

General Pence at one time was Ohio River Division Engineer and had held Army Engineer posts in Montana and Mississippi. He recently had commanded the Sixth Armored Division at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth F. Pence; two sons, Captain W. F. Pence, stationed in Korea and Captain Arthur W. Pence, Jr. of New Brunswick, New Jersey; a daughter, Miss Betty Sue Pence of Fort Belvoir, and his mother, Mrs. Alive Dunbar Pence of Severna Park, Maryland.

AW Pence Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, January 2006

NOTE: Two of his sons are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery:

William Fuller Pence, Colonel, United States Army, USMA 1946
Arthur William Pence, Jr.,  Colonel, United States Army, USMA 1946

Posted: 27 October 2001 Updated: 16 February 2003 Updated: 27 January 2006 Updated: 22 September 2007
US Military Academy (West Point) SEAL

Distinguished Service Medal

Legion of Merit 2 awards