Sunday, March 6, 2022

Forget Me Not: Brig. General Edward S. Ott, 1982 LA

When we learn about our wide spread family members we find people. They are people with flaws and strengths; people who make us smile and people who make us stand taller. Edward Ott stood tall through two world wars and sets an example of pride for all of us.

Brig. General Edward Stanley Ott

30 December 1892 LA – 1 November 1982 LA

Son of Elbert Weston Ott & Martha E. Leggett


My 2nd cousin, 3x removed



Hammond, La. (UPI) – Services for retired Army Brig. Gen. Edward Stanley Ott, 89, who pioneered the use of radar for detection of ground targets during World War II, were held here Wednesday. He was buried in his hometown of Mt. Hermon, La.


Gen. Ott, who died Monday following a brief illness, joined the Army as a field artillery, second lieutenant during World War I and participated in five campaigns, including the battle of Saint – Mihiel and the Meuse – Argonne defensive in 1918.


During World War II, Gen. Ott served as artillery commander of the 91st Infantry Division and commander of the XV Corps Artillery.


In Europe his command was engaged in five campaigns and he introduced the use of radar for ground target detection.


After his retirement in 1947, he returned to Louisiana.


Gen. Ott received numerous United States and foreign decorations for military service, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, French Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre with palm and British Distinguished Service Order.


He is survived by his wife, Denise; two sons, Col. Edward S. Ott Jr. and Lt. Gen. David Ott; eight grandchildren; six great – grandchildren; and a brother.



Source: Gen. Edward Ott, veteran of both world wars. (Chicago, IL: Chicago Tribune, 4 Nov 1982) 37; digital image, accessed Feb 2022.

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  1. It's so nice to hear the stories behind the faces. These names sound familiar; may be in one of my extended family member's trees or a client, I'll have to check :)

  2. Quite a life of service and bravery!

  3. Wish I could have known him (great grandfather) but I did get to know my great uncle David


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