Archelaus Lewis Hamblen, Jr. [Oct 16, 1919 - Oct 27,
Born in San Diego, California, he was a graduate of West
Point Military Academy, Class of 1943 .
He was a company commander in World War II and was wounded in
Germany. He was a battalion commander during the Korean War .
Hamblen he served in the Saigon "War Room" in the Vietnam War and
then was commander of I Corp Advisory Group in Da Nang.
He was later the secretary of the general staff, 7th Army in
Stuttgart, Germany; commander of the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 505th
Infantry in Mainz, Germany; and assistant division commander of the 24th
Infantry Mechanized Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.
In 1967 he became the Army's liaison officer to the White House and
President Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the military's point of contact
with retired Generals of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley.
His decorations included the Army Distinguished Service Medal,
Legion of Merit with Valor device and 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star
Medal with Valor device and three Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Purple