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First Name: William

Last Name: Menoher

Birthplace: Fort Hayes, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Date of Birth: 31 August 1910

Date of Death: 23 October 1978

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
William Menoher

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


William Menoher
Colonel, U.S. Army

William Menoher was born on 31 August 1910 at Columbus Barracks (later Fort Hayes), OH, the son of Major General Charles Thomas Menoher, U.S. Army, and Nannie Pearson Menoher.

Menoher entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1928 and graduated in 1932 in the top ten-percent of his class.  More than a fair baseball player at West Point, he was described as extremely intelligent and with a sharp sense of humor.  His initial service was in the Field Artillery Corps for three years, but he then switched to the Ordnance branch in which he remained for the rest of his military career. He received a Master's Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and did World War II service in Hawaii and the Philippines. 

He was assigned to Washington, DC, at the Pentagon after the war until 1947.  He was then Executive Officer (Lieutenant Colonel) at the Ogden (Utah) Arsenal where he was promoted to full Colonel at the same time he became the Commanding Officer.  He remained there until 1950, when he transferred to Denmark to become head of the Military Assistance Group. 

He returned to the U.S. in 1953 and was Commanding Officer at Wingate Ordnance Depot, NM, from 1953-54. His final assignment was at the Jefferson Proving Grounds, IN, as Commanding Officer until his retirement in June 1955.

In Retirement

During the next ten years he was in Washington, New York, and Florida, where there were roadblocks in industry, teaching and a small business.  Finally, in 1966, the way opened for a job as an Environmental Engineer with the State of Florida where he remained until his final retirement in 1972.

Menoher believed strongly in honor and responsibility throughout his life and never did adjust well to civilian life - he much preferred the structured existence he'd known in the Army. He continued to keep close ties with his 1932 West Point classmates until his death.


In addition to his father, Menoher had two brothers who served in the military; Preston (1892-1958), who retired as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army; and Darrow (1910-1943), a career Army officer who retired as a Colonel in 1955. A third brother, Charles (1891-1922), was U.S. Military Academy Class of 1915.

William married Darrow's widow, Susan Elizabeth Menoher, in 1947.

Death and Burial

Colonel William Menoher died on 23 October 1978. He is buried with his family (parents and brothers) at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2854   Created by: MHOH




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