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Hugh B. Hester

Hugh Bryan Hester (August 5, 1895 – November 25, 1983) was an Army Brigadier General. He was a decorated officer in both World Wars. Later in life, he was a noted critic of U.S. foreign policy.

Hugh Bryan Hester
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Hugh Bryan Hester
Born(1895-08-05)August 5, 1895
Hester, North Carolina
DiedNovember 25, 1983(1983-11-25) (aged 88)
Asheville, North Carolina
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1917 - 1951
RankBrigadier General
Battles/warsWorld War I

World War II

AwardsSilver Star
Croix de Guerre
Legion of Honor
Spouse(s)Pauline Hester Green


Education and careerEdit

Hugh Hester was born in Hester, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1917. Hester enlisted in the Army during World War I and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th Field Artillery of the 2nd Infantry Division. In 1918, he was promoted to Captain and participated in the occupation of Germany in 1919. He was wounded in action and was awarded the Silver Star and the Croix de Guerre.

After the war, Hester worked as an ROTC instructor (1924–1928) at the University of Missouri. In the 1930s, he joined the Quartermaster's Corps, working in New Mexico, and gaining the rank of Colonel. A career officer in the Army, he served under General MacArthur in the Pacific Theater, in supply and procurement (1942–1945). After the war, he became Chief of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Program in Germany. This led to the award of the French Legion of Honor. In 1947-48, Hester was appointed the military attache to Australia. He worked as commanding General of the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot until his retirement as a Brigadier General in 1951.

Later yearsEdit

After retirement from the Army, Hester studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University, in the areas of law and international relations, but did not earn a degree. Hester was an outspoken opponent of U.S. foreign policy for the remainder of his life. He published a book, "On the Brink", with Dr. Jerome Davis in 1959. It expressed concerns about the Cold War and suggested that new U.S. policies were needed. Hester was a common speaker at peace rallies in the 1960s and authored many opinion and editorial pieces. He was a special correspondent for The Nation, The Churchman, and U.S. Farm News, as well as a speaker on the lecture circuit. He was designated the honorary commander of a Vietnam Veterans Against the War protest march in 1970. In 1971, he published "Twenty-Six Disastrous Years" which criticized U.S. foreign policy. Hester argued for disarmament, weapons control, and world government.

Personal lifeEdit

Hugh Bryan Hester was born in Hester, North Carolina on August 5, 1895 to William Alexander Hester and Marietta Bullock (Hester). He married Pauline Hester Green in 1935. She died January 8, 1981. Hugh Hester died of natural causes on November 25, 1983 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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