Kenneth J. Hodson

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Kenneth Joe Hodson
Major General Kenneth Joe Hodson
27th Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
Born (1913-04-27)April 27, 1913
Kansas, U.S.
Died November 11, 1995(1995-11-11) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting Place Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1941–1971
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal

Major General Kenneth Joe Hodson, USA (April 27, 1913 – November 11, 1995) was an American military lawyer who served as the 27th Judge Advocate General of the United States Army from 1967 to 1971.


Kenneth J. Hodson's former residence in Washington, D.C.

After retiring from the Army in 1971, Gen. Hodson was recalled to active duty to serve as the first chief judge of the newly created Army Court of Military Review and as chief judge of the Army judiciary. He retired from those positions in 1974.

From 1974 until 1976, he was executive director of the National Commission for the Review of Federal and State Laws Relating to Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance. Later, he was a consultant on studies funded by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.[1]

The American Bar Association's Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division created the Hodson Award, in honor of the distinguished public service career of the late Major General. The Award recognizes sustained, outstanding performance or a specific and extraordinary service by a government or public sector law office (it is not an award for an individual).

Hodson died from cancer at the age of 82 on November 11, 1995 in a Washington Home Hospice.

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  1. ^ Kenneth J. Hodson Dies at 82; Army Judge Advocate General

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Military offices
Preceded by
George S. Prugh
Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
Succeeded by
Robert H. McCaw