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11336 GEN Andrew Jackson Goodpaster USA (Retired)
February 12, 1915 - May 16, 2005


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General Goodpaster was from the West Point class of 1939, where he graduated second in his class. Less than four years after his graduation from West Point, Goodpaster commanded an engineer battalion in North Africa and Italy during World War II.

General Eisenhower brought him to headquarters where he was one of his most important advisors. General Goodpaster was Staff Secretary and Defense Liaison Officer to President Eisenhower from 1954 until 1961.

He attended Princeton University, where he received a master's degree in engineering as well as a master's degree and a doctorate in international relations.

He served within the Joint Staff, was the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and served as the staff secretary and defense liaison officer for both President Eisenhower and President Kennedy. His last active duty assignment before retirement in 1974 was as Commander-in-Chief U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. In all, he served four presidents. He retired as a four-star general after his NATO command in 1974

In 1977, he was Summoned from retirement to become the 51st Superintendent of the United States Military Academy where he revitalized the institution and initiated reforms that have maintained the U.S. Military Academy foremost among universities and military colleges worldwide. He served in that position until 1981.

He eased the women's transition to West Point, ordering that the women would be made to feel welcome.

In 1984 he was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom as well as military decorations including the Distinguished Service Cross; the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army DSM with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Navy and Air Force DSM's; the Silver Star; the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters; and many foreign awards. He is the author of For the Common Defense, published in 1977.

GEN Goodpaster was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of West Point in 1992.

General Goodpaster died in Walter Reed Army Medical Center at the age of 90, and is survived by his wife; two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Well Done! Be thou at peace.

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