James R. Van Den Elzen (born April 20, 1931 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Marine Corps. Van Den Elzen originally enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951. He was commissioned an officer the following year. Awards he received during his career include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
His personal decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; the Joint Service Commendation Medal; and the Purple Heart.