Jay Leland Benedict

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Jay Leland Benedict
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Born(1882-04-14)April 14, 1882
Hastings, Nebraska
DiedSeptember 16, 1953 (1953-09-17) (aged 71)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1904–1946
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held12th Infantry Regiment (United States)
Superintendent, United States Military Academy
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Jay Leland Benedict (April 14, 1882 – September 16, 1953) was a United States Army Major General and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy (1938–1940).


Benedict received an appointment to West Point as a member of the class of 1904. He was commissioned as a field artillery officer and served on several staffs, graduating from the Army War College in 1926. After serving as executive officer for the 16th Infantry Regiment (United States) at Fort Jay, New York, he commanded the 12th Infantry Regiment (United States) at Fort Howard, Maryland in 1936. He served on the War Department General Staff during World War II.[1] Positions held included: Army Major General And Superintendent (from 1938-40), 2nd Lieutenant in the Secret Service Agent (1908), Legion Of Merit Award For As Procurement And Discharge Section In G- (between 1942 and 1946).[2]


1st Row Army Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row Legion of Merit Spanish Campaign Medal Army of Cuban Occupation Medal Mexican Border Service Medal
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal

Personal life[edit]

Benedict was born in Hastings, Nebraska,[3] In 1907 he married Genevieve Ardell Goldstein and in 1924 married Loretta Katherine Maher. He died in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 71 and was buried in Section 2 Site 4961-A,arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.[3]


  1. ^ "Jay Leland Benedict". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  2. ^ Chamove, Arnold. "Jay Leland Benedict , Major-General (1882-1953) » ShirekChamove Tree » Genealogie Online". Genealogie Online. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  3. ^ a b Chamove, Arnold. "U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006, National Cemetery Administration » Sources » ShirekChamove Tree » Genealogie Online". Genealogie Online. Retrieved 2018-03-08.

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Military offices
Preceded by
William Durward Connor
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Robert L. Eichelberger