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Jay Leland Benedict
Born (1882-04-14)April 14, 1882
Died September 16, 1953 (1953-09-17) (aged 71)
Place of birth Hastings, Nebraska
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service 1904–1946
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held 12th Infantry Regiment (United States)
Superintendent, United States Military Academy
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Jay Leland Benedict (April 14, 1882 – September 16, 1953) was a former United States Army Major General and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy (1938–1940).

Life and career

Born in Hastings, Nebraska, Benedict received an appointment to West Point as a member of the class of 1904. He was commissioned as a field artillery officer and served on several staffs, graduating from the Army War College in 1926. After serving as executive officer for the 16th Infantry Regiment (United States) at Fort Jay, New York, he commanded the 12th Infantry Regiment (United States) at Fort Howard, Maryland in 1936. He served on the War Department General Staff during World War II.[1]


1st Row Army Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row Legion of Merit Spanish Campaign Medal Army of Cuban Occupation Medal Mexican Border Service Medal
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal


  1. "Jay Leland Benedict". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
William Durward Connor
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Robert L. Eichelberger

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