Donald R. Keith
|Donald R. Keith|
General Donald R. Keith
January 31, 1927|
|Died||September 9, 2004
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1949–1984|
|Commands held||U.S. Army Materiel Command
U.S. Army Field Artillery School
|Awards||Legion of Merit (3)
|Other work||Chairman, United States Field Artillery Association|
General Donald Raymond Keith (January 31, 1927 – September 9, 2004) was an American Army general. He was born in Ludington, Michigan. During World War II, he served in the Army as an enlisted soldier. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1949 and was commissioned a field artillery 2nd lieutenant. He received his bachelor's degree from the Academy and a Master's Degree from Columbia University in 1958, preceding a faculty assignment at West Point. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Akron in 1982.
Some of General Keith's key duty assignments in his active military service were:
- January 69 to July 70 - Commander, 36th Artillery Group, U.S. Army, Europe
- July 70 to June 71 - Executive Officer, Office of the Chief of Research and Development, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
- August 71 to August 72 - Director, Research and Analysis Directorate, Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
- September 72 to May 74 - Director of Developments, Office, Chief of Research and Development, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
- May 74 to October 76 - Director of Weapon Systems, Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
- October 76 to October 77 - Commanding General, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
- October 77 to December 77 - Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
- December 77 to August 81 - Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
- August 81 to June 84 - Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, Alexandria, Virginia
General Keith attended the Ground General School, Field Artillery School, Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and numerous foreign awards and service ribbons. He retired from military service on June 28, 1984. In retirement he served as Chairman of the United States Field Artillery Association, from 2002 until shortly before his death, and was succeeded by Jack N. Merritt. He died September 9, 2004. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.