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Major General Maurice Wesley Kendall

October 20, 1921 ~ May 17, 2017 (age 95)

MAURICE KENDALL, 95, A RETIRED ARMY MAJOR GENERAL, WHO, AS A YOUNG OFFICER, PARTICIPATED IN THE BREAKOUT FROM THE ANZIO BEACHHEAD AND AMPHIBIOUS LANDING IN SOUTHERN FRANCE, AND WHO ACTIVATED AND THEN LED THE 1ST BRIGADE, 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN VIETNAM AND LATER RETURNED AS THE ASSISTANT DIVISION COMMANDER OF THE 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION, DIED MAY 17TH AT THE BRENNITY ASSISTED LIVING IN MELBOURNE, FL.

 

GENERAL KENDALL SPENT OVER 36 YEARS IN THE ARMY. DURING WORLD WAR II HE SAW COMBAT WITH THE 3RD INFANTRY  DIVISION AND WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED WHILE SERVING AS A RIFLE COMPANY COMMANDER IN THE BATTLE FOR THE COLMAR POCKET NEAR THE RHINE RIVER IN ALSACE-LORRAINE. 

 

HE LATER WAS AN INSTRUCTOR AT THE INFANTRY SCHOOL, FT. BENNING, GA.; A G-1 PLANS OFFICER, HQ U.S. ARMY FAR EAST COMMAND; COMMANDER, 1ST BATTALION, 75TH REGIMENT COMBAT TEAM, OKINAWA; PLANS OFFICER, OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF PERSONNEL HQ, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY; AND PLANS OFFICER/DEPUTY J5 UNITED NATIONS COMMAND, U.S. FORCES, KOREA.

 

AFTER SERVING AS CHIEF OF STAFF, 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN VIETNAM, GENERAL KENDALL RETURNED TO THE PENTAGON IN JANUARY 1968 FOR DUTY ON THE JOINT STAFF AND LATER AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR THE STRATEGIC AND GENERAL OPERATIONS, J-3.

 

FOLLOWING HIS SECOND TOUR IN VIETNAM, HE RETURNED TO THE PENTAGON IN 1971, WAS PROMOTED TO MAJOR GENERAL AND ASSUMED DUTIES AS DIRECTOR, INTER-AMERICAN REGION, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. IN 1973 HE WAS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN AND ARMY MEMBER OF THE U.S. DELEGATION, JOINT BRAZIL-U.S. MILITARY COMMISSION AND COMMANDER, U.S. MILITARY GROUP BRAZIL, STATIONED IN RIO DE JANEIRO.

 

IN SEPTEMBER 1975, GENERAL KENDALL COMMANDED THE READINESS REGION IV, AT FT. GILLEM, GA. HE RETIRED ON OCTOBER 31, 1978.

 

AMONG MANY OTHER AWARDS AND MEDALS, GENERAL KENDALL RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, THE SILVER STAR WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTER, THE BRONZE STAR WITH V DEVICE AND THREE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, THE LEGION OF MERIT WITH THREE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, THE PURPLE HEART AND THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION. 

 

GENERAL KENDALL WAS BORN IN LINCOLN CITY, INDIANA. HE GRADUATED FROM INDIANA UNIVERSITY WITH A B.S. DEGREE AND AS THE ROTC HONOR GRADUATE, IN DECEMBER 1942, AND WAS COMMISSIONED FROM FT. BENNING'S OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL IN APRIL 1943. HE EARNED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. 

 

RETIRING TO FLORIDA, HE PARTICIPATED IN NUMEROUS COMMUNITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS, SUCH AS:

*INFANTRY OFFICER CANDIDATE, HALL OF FAME, FORT BENNING, GA.

*FORMER HONORARY COLONEL, US 15TH INFANTRY REGIMENT.

*FOUNDING PRESIDENT AND MEMBER, 15TH INFANTRY REGIMENT ASSOCIATION.

*MEMBER: THE MILITARY SOCIETY OF THE BLUE BADGE.

*DISTINGUISHED MEMBER, LIFE MEMBER, CAPE CANAVERAL CHAPTER, MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MOAACC).

*BOARD MEMBER AND FORMER CHAIRMAN, MOAACC SCHOLARSHIP CORPORATION.

*LIFE MEMBER, 3D INFANTRY DIVISION SOCIETY (ROCK OF THE MARNE).

*LIFE MEMBER, 4TH INFANTRY (IVY) DIVISION ASSOCIATION.

*LIFE MEMBER, 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION SOCIETY (OLD RELIABLES).

*KENTUCKY COLONEL, COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY.

*COLONEL AND AIDE TO THE GOVERNOR, STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.

*DISTINGUISHED MEMBER, LIFE MEMBER, PAST PRESIDENT, AND GENEALOGIST, THE MERIWETHER SOCIETY, INC.

*MEMBER OF MANY HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES.

*MEMBER: EAU GALLIE YACHT CLUB, INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FL.

*MEMBER: PRINCE OF PEACE ANGLICAN CHURCH.

 

GENERAL KENDALL ALSO ENJOYED SAILING, WOODWORKING AND GENEALOGY.

 

HIS WIFE OF 62 YEARS, AURA CHARLENE GROSS KENDALL, DIED IN 2005. SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS SON, RETIRED ARMY COLONEL JOHN M. KENDALL (LORI) OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA., AND HIS DAUGHTER KAREN R. PARKER (VERN) OF STAFFORD, VA.; A BROTHER, MERLE (JOY) AND A SISTER, DELORES GARDNER, AND A SISTER-IN-LAW, HELEN GROSS; SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN AND THIRTEEN GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

 

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS DONATIONS TO THE SOCIETY OF THE 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION “LEGACY AWARD IN HONOR OF MAJOR GENERAL MAURICE W. KENDALL,” WEBSITE IS www.3IDSCHOLARSHIPFOUNDATION.ORG, OR TO YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY.


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May 24, 2017

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Wednesday
May 24, 2017

3:00 PM
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Melbourne, Florida 32940


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