David was born at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii on July 31, 1922, to Edward Stanley and Denise Koch Ott. He also had a brother (Edward Jr.). His father was an Army Field Artillery officer, so David attended high schools in Kansas, Washington, DC, and Georgia as the family moved from post to post. After high school, he attended Auburn University for a year and a half.
Military service and assignments
- 1941 - 1944: Attended the United States Military Academy, graduated on June 6, 1944
- 1944 - 1945: Commissioned in the Field Artillery (ASN: 0–26522); served in World War II with the 868th Field Artillery Battalion, 65th Infantry Division
- 1945 - ?: G-2, Headquarters, European Command
- 1947 - ?: attended the Parachute School and joined the faculty at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill to teach gunnery
- 1951 - ?: battalion executive and operations officer, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division
- ? - ?: went to the Pentagon for duty in operations
- 1956 - 1957: Attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College
- ? - ?: Division Artillery S-3, 82nd Airborne Division
- 1959 - ?: Commanding officer of the 2nd Howitzer Battalion, 83rd Field Artillery Regiment
- ? - ?: Seventh Army headquarters
- ? - 1963: attended the Army War College
- ? - ?: Plans officer, Headquarters, Strike Command
- 1964 - ?: II Field Force Artillery executive officer
- ? - ?: Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division
- ? - ?: Chief of the Artillery Branch, United States Army
- 1969 - ?: Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Thailand
- ? - ?:Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters, Department of the Army
- ? - ?: Director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense task force to plan the withdrawal from Vietnam
- 1973 - ?: Commanding General of the Field Artillery School and Ft. Sill
- 1976 - 1978: Commanding General of VII Corps
- 1978: Retired from military service on October 31, 1978, with the rank of Lieutenant General.
Dates of rank
- June 6, 1944: Second Lieutenant
- March 1, 1945: First Lieutenant
- September 4, 1957: Major
- April 8, 1959: Lieutenant Colonel
- November 8, 1965: Colonel
- 1969: Brigadier General
- 1973: Major General
- 1976: Lieutenant General
He worked for Teledyne Systems and served as a consultant for a wide range of military and development programs. He helped form the Washington, DC-area Field Artillery Association chapter and served as the association's national president and board chairman. He also volunteered as board chairman of the Army Distaff Foundation, and he initiated an expansion of life-care retirement facilities for military couples at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, the association honored him with a musical tattoo.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1944 and his Master of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1963. He also had a certificate in advanced management training from Harvard University.
In March 1950, he married Joyce Helmick. Together they had four children (David Jr., Judy, Nancy, and Lisa). His wife died on April 2, 2004.
He passed away on June 21, 2004, in Washington, D.C. He was 81 years old. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Awards & decorations
- Army Distinguished Service Medal with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters
- Legion of Merit with 3 bronze oak leaf clusters
- Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster and "V" device
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters
- Army Commendation Medal
- "David E. Ott". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=143543. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
- U.S. Army Registers (1963-1969)
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