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First Name: Harold

Last Name: Oppenheimer


Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Date of Birth: 22 November 1919

Date of Death: 27 October 1985

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served:
Harold Oppenheimer

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Harold Oppenheimer
Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Harold Oppenheimer was born on 22 November 1919, the son of Doris Jones Stein, whose husband, Dr. Jules Stein, founded the Music Corporation of America. Oppenheimer majored in Anthropology at Harvard University.

Brigadier General Oppenheimer, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, wrote of his combat experiences in the book entitled, ''March to the Sound of the Drums.''

Oppenheimer was Chairman of Oppenheimer Industries Inc., a cattle and land management and investment company based in Kansas City, MO. He was one of the nation's leading authorities on cattle investments and was the author of five books on agriculture, including: "Land Speculation: An Evaluation and Analysis"; "March to the Sound of the Drums"; "Cowboy Litigation: Cattle and the Income Tax"; "Cowboy Arithmetic: Cattle As an Investment"; and "Cowboy Economics: Rural Land as an Investment." 

Death and Burial

Brigadier General Harold Oppenheimer died of cancer on 27 October 1985 at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He was 66 years old. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.

Oppenheimer, who lived in Kansas City, is survived by his wife, Daphne, of Atchison, KS; four sons, Hamilton, Reed Jules, Harold Byrd and Eric, all of Kansas City; a brother, Gerald, of Beverly Hills, CA; a half-sister, Jean Stein of New York City, and four grandchildren.

Honoree ID: 2921   Created by: MHOH




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