WILLIAM H. MONCRIEF

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MONCRIEF WILLIAM HENRY MONCRIEF, JR., M.D. Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.) Major General William Henry Moncrief, Jr., M.D., U.S. Army (Ret.), the elder of two sons of Colonel and Mrs. William H. Moncrief, was born August 16, 1921 in Denver, CO. He had one younger brother, Colonel John A. Moncrief, MD, who preceded him in death in 1977. MG Moncrief transitioned from this life in peace, at The Fairfax, Fort Belvoir, VA on April 10, 2012. He was the beloved father to Jeff, Laura, Candace, Stephen (preceded him in death in 1960), and Scott and father-in-law to Kathy, David, Malcolm, and Tamaris and dear grandfather to Callie, Jordan, Will, Wyatt, Stephanie and Halston. MG Moncrief attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1944. MG Moncrief is board certified in general surgery and thoracic/cardiovascular surgery. MG Moncrief's 31 years of military service spanned the three wars of his generation, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and included both professional and administrative assignments. MG Moncrief's military service ended with a succession of command assignments as commander at Brooke General Hospital, Letterman Army Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Military awards included the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters. He particularly enjoyed qualifying and receiving his parachutist's badge following Jump School in 1960 at Fort Bragg, NC. To commemorate his service, the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg presented him with a Special Honor on the occasion of his 90th birthday in August 2012-Airborne! All The Way! While commander at Walter Reed in 1972, MG Moncrief had the honor of witnessing the dedication of Moncrief Army Community Hospital, at Fort Jackson, SC, a premier medical facility named in honor of his father for his years of exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service. Following retirement from the Army in 1973 MG Moncrief entered private practice of general and thoracic/vascular surgery in San Francisco, CA. He remained in private practice in San Francisco until 1995 when he retired to Colorado following more than 50 years of medical practice. He was active in retirement enjoying hunting, fishing and mountain biking and was an avid reader of history, political science, health policy and anything on Scotland where he traveled frequently. An interment with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on May 15, 2012 at 3 p.m. Arrangements are by Demaine Funeral Home and flowers may be directed there. A complete version of the obituary can be viewed on at www.demainefuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, please help support Planned Parenthood's work at the local or national level where Planned Parenthood works to ensure equal access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable health care.

Published in The Washington Post on May 6, 2012
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