Jimmy D. Ross

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Jimmy Douglas Ross
General Jimmy Douglas Ross
11th Commander, United States Army Material Command
Born (1936-05-23)May 23, 1936
Hosston, Louisiana
Died May 2, 2012 (2012-05-03) (aged 75)
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Allegiance USA
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1958–1994
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 4th Transportation Brigade
U.S. Army Depot System Command
U.S. Army Materiel Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Other work Board of Directors, Stanley, Inc.
American Red Cross
Consultant, Cypress International
Board of Directors, VSE Corporation

General Jimmy Douglas Ross (May 23, 1936 – May 2, 2012) was a United States Army 4-star general and member of the board of two corporations.


Ross was born in Hosston, Louisiana. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1958, he was also commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps. He also holds a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. His military education includes the Basic Officer Course at the United States Army Infantry School, the Transportation Advanced Officer Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Army service[edit]

His initial company grade assignments were with the Infantry and Transportation Corps units at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Thailand; Fort Eustis, Virginia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1964, General Ross served in Vietnam as an Infantry Battalion Advisor in the PBT Special Zone, III Corps.

From 1967 to 1969, he was assigned as a JTF-11 Staff Officer, United States Strike Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In 1969, General Ross returned to Vietnam. During his second combat tour, he served as the S4 and later the S2/3 in the 101st Airborne Division Support Command; and then commanded the 10th Transportation Battalion at Cam Ranh Bay.

Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at HQDA, in the Financial Resources and the Materiel Acquisition Directorates. He served as the Assistant Director of the Army Staff in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, from 1973 to 1974. His next assignment was as the Deputy Comptroller of Oakland Army Base, California, and later as the Commander of the Military Ocean Terminal, Bay Area.

In 1978, General Ross transferred to Germany, where he commanded the 4th Transportation Brigade and 2nd Support Command, VII Corps. He returned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, HQDA, as the Director for Transportation, Energy and Troop Support from 1982 to 1984.

He served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Materiel Command, from 1984 to 1986 and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Depot System Command, from 1986 to 1987. In June 1987, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army, where he served for four and a half years. General Ross returned to AMC as commanding general from February 1, 1992 to February 11, 1994.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster). He has also been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. General Ross retired from the Army in 1994.

Post-army activities[edit]

Since 2001, Ross has been a member of the board of directors of Stanley, Inc., a consulting firm.[1] He also served as an executive with the American Red Cross and as a consultant to Cypress International. He was a member of the board of directors of VSE Corporation.[1]

He died of cancer in 2012.[2]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".

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