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Donald Wilson McGowan

Date of birth: August 30, 1899
Date of death: September 24, 1967
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Orange

Donald McGowan was a non-graduating member of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1922. From 1955 to 1959 he served as Director of the Army National Guard and from 1959 to 1963 he served as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. He retired as a U.S. Army Major General.


Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Cold War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Donald Wilson McGowan (ASN: 0-179512), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, during the period November 1955 to August 1963, culminating as Chief of the National Guard Bureau from 1959 to 1963.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 43 (September 27, 1963)

Action Date: November 1955 - August 1963

Service: Army

Rank: Major General