Simpson, Bethel Wood “Simp”.

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Simpson, Bethel Wood “Simp” for his friends, born 11-07-1888 in Michigan, the son of Wendell Lee Simpson and his wife Marion. O born Wood. Bethel was a 1911 graduate of the United States Military Academy . As a cadet his fine logical mind, honesty, self control, most pleasing personality and energy secured for him a most creditable scholastic record. He served in World War I and World War II. Brigadier General Bethel Wood Simpson, Leader in Ordnance personnel and training in World War II at Aberdeen and Santa Anita.  He became from 1936-1941 Chief of Personnel Division, Office of the Chief of Ordnance. Simpson was transferred in 1941-1942 Commandant of Ordnance Replacement Training Centre, Camp Santa Anita Camp from 1942 until 1944, as he was Attached to Ordnance Office at Headquarters Army Ground Forces, till the end of the war. From 1945 he was member of Joint Production Survey Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is the body of the most senior uniformed leaders within the United States Department of Defense, which advises the president of the United States, the secretary of defense, the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council on military matters. The composition of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is defined by statute and consists of a chairman (CJCS), a vice chairman (VJCS), the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau. Each of the individual service chiefs, outside their JCS obligations, works directly under the secretaries of their respective military departments, e.g. the secretary of the Army, the secretary of the Navy, and the secretary of the Air Force.

Death and burial ground of Simpson, Bethel Wood “Simp”.

Wood Simpson retired in 1946, and died on 17-02-1955, age 66, in California and was buried with his wife Mary, born Byrne, who died old age 88, in 1973, with full military honors on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 3. Benjamin C. Lockwood, Jr.,  Brigadier General a friend, roommate at West Point, and sincere admirer I personally, his classmates and his host of friends, together with his wife May Byrne Simpson; his son Colonel Charles L. Simpson, United States Army, and his daughter Mrs. Wyatt Flock, Jr., said that he indeed suffered a great and irreparable loss. To all it is a treasured memory to have known Bethel Wood Simpson.

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