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Major General Jack P. Juhan

Major General Jack P. Juhan died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 97.

Mr. Juhan was born Dec. 28,1904, in Wapanucka, Indian Territory, Okla. to Francis and Elizabeth Juhan. His family moved to Glenwood Springs when he was 13, and he graduated in 1922 from Garfield County High School in Glenwood Springs.

He attended the University of Denver for one year. He then received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from U.S. Sen. Ed Taylor, and in 1927 graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry, in the Marine Corps.

His foreign service included assignments in Nicaragua (1928) with the 11th Marines; Shanghai, China (1929-1933) with the 4th Marines and served aboard the USS Wyoming and USS Antares off Cuba (1934-1935) during the Cuban revolution; and served briefly as Assistant Naval Attache, American Embassy, London (1941).

During World War II, he served as Commander 1st Battalion 29th Marines (Saipan) for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He was also Executive Officer, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division for operations conducted in Saipan and Tinian. During the Okinawa campaign, he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 (Intelligence), 2nd Marine Division. For his service on Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa, he received the Legion of Merit for valor. During the occupation of Japan, he served as the G-2, 2nd Marine Division (1944-1945) and as commander of the 6th Marines (1945-1946).

Subsequent to the very shaky truce established in 1953, Gen. Juhan commanded the 7th Marines during the Korean War and then became the Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Division until his return to the United States. For this service, he was awarded his second Bronze Star for valor.

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From 1954 to 1955, he served as the assistant commander of the 2nd Marine Division, then commander of Force Troops, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic. Upon his retirement in 1958 as a Major General, he was the Deputy Base Commander for Camp Pendelton in California.

After his retirement he was actively involved in the VFW, Military Order of World Wars and the Santa Fe Rotary Club. He is a past president of the Santa Fe Ski Basin and was the executive director of the United Way of Santa Fe County.

He was preceded in death by: wife Mildred Gossett; daughter Judith Dever Alexander; sisters Margaret, Allie, and Stella; and brothers Dan, Francis Jr., Joe, Wyrick, and Scott.

He is survived by: granddaughter Jaqueline Dever Celenza, of Oakland, Calif.; great-granddaughter Audrey Celenza; nephews Edward Juhan, of Lakewood, Colo., and Dean Juhan, of Mill Valley, Calif.; nieces Barbara Jean Hunter, of Tucson, Ariz., Diane and Alan Roberts, of Midland, Texas, and Lavonne and Floyd Diemoz, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Graveside funeral services were held on Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, where a Marine Honor Guard provided a military salute at graveside.