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Date of Birth: October 3, 1921
Date of Death: November 8, 2017 - View or Post a Eulogy
Lieutenant General John H. Cushman, U.S. Army, Retired, died at 96 years of age. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 71 years, Nancy Troland Cushman. He is survived by his daughters Connie, Celia, Kathleen, Mary, and Anne, and by his sons Jack and Ted, and by 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
General Cushman enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and in 1944 graduated from the United States Military Academy twelfth in his class, First Captain of the Corps of Cadets, and captain of the NCAA champion lacrosse team. He served with the 808th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Philippines and Japan and in 1946 joined the 38th Special Engineer Battalion at Sandia Base, New Mexico, the mission of which was to assemble atomic bombs from components for loading into U.S. Air Force bombers; there he served as operations officer. He earned a Masters degree in Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then attended the U.S. Army Engineer School.
In 1951 he transferred to the Infantry branch, attended the Infantry School, and joined the 22d Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in Germany where from 1951-54 he was a battalion and regimental operations officer and battalion commander. Graduating in 1955 from the Army Command and General Staff College, General Cushman then served three years on its faculty. In 1958-60 he was in the Office, Army Chief of Staff; in 1961-62 in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense; and in 1962-63, a military assistant to the Secretary of the Army.
In 1963 General Cushman became Senior Advisor to the 21st Division of the Vietnamese Army in the Vietnam Delta. In 1964-65 he attended the National War College, reporting thereafter to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he was Director of Supply, Chief of Staff, and Commander 2d Brigade. In 1967, General Cushman led his brigade to Vietnam where it fought in the Tet 1968 battles around Hue. The 2d Brigade there earned the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
General Cushman then commanded Fort Devens, Massachusetts, returning to Vietnams Delta in 1970 for duty as Deputy Senior Advisor, then Senior Advisor, to the Commanding General, IV Corps and Military Region 4. In 1972-73, General Cushman commanded the 101st Airborne Division, its colors just returned from Vietnam, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The draft having ended, he recruited the division under the Unit of Choice program and brought it to near-full readiness. In 1973-76 he commanded the Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was concurrently Commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College.
From 1976 to 1978, General Cushman commanded I Corps (ROK/US) Group, the 250,000-strong Korean-American field army formation defending the Western Sector of Koreas DMZ and the approaches to Seoul. He retired in 1978 and has since been a writer and consultant. He is the author of many books, papers, and articles on strategy, multiservice and multinational operations, warfare simulation, and military command and control. In 1993 he wrote and self-published a pamphlet, Thoughts for Joint Commanders. In 1994 he was named Author of the Year by the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings.