Charles D. Bussey

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United States Army, (Retired)

December 8, 1933 - June 22, 2007

MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES (CHUCK) BUSSEY passed away on June 22, 2007 at his home in Springfield, VA as a result of pancreatic cancer. Chuck was the son of the late Reverend Alex W. Bussey and Mattie Phillips.

General Bussey was raised in Washington D.C. after moving with his family from Edgefield, South Carolina at an early age. He attended the Washington D.C. public schools, graduating from Cardozo High School in June 1951. He received a BS degree in English and was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Infantry from the A&T College of North Carolina in May 1955. He also received a MA in Journalism from Indiana University and a MS in Communications from Shippensburg State University. His military schooling included completion of the Basic Infantry Officer and Infantry Officer Advanced Courses at the Infantry School; the Army Information School; The Armed Forces Staff College; the Army War College; and the General Officer/Flag Officer Joint Warfighting Course at Maxwell Air Force Base.

General Bussey held varied command and staff posts, including troop assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division; 2nd Infantry Division; 1st Cavalry Division; 10th Mountain Division; 3rd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, and the 172nd Infantry Brigade. He was also a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Chuck Bussey was considered to be one of the most highly respected leaders in the U.S. Army. As a major general, he served as the Army Chief of Public Affairs from August 1984 to October 1987. He also served as the U.S. Army Materiel Command Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel from October 1987 until he retired in June 1989 after 33 years of military service.

During his military service, General Bussey received two Distinguished Service Medals; two Legion of Merit awards; two Bronze Star awards,

three Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals; the Combat Infantryman Badge; the Expert Infantryman Badge; the Basic Parachutist Badge; and the Army Staff Identification Badge. His foreign awards included the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm.

After retirement, General Bussey worked as Senior Counsel for Manning, Selvage & Lee Public Relations. He was an adjunct faculty member in the University of Maryland College of Journalism and an operations center manager for SERCO Inc., managing 53 Army Career and Placement Centers and satellites in the continental United States and overseas. He also served as a former principal on the Council of Excellence in Government. He also chaired the North Carolina A & T State University Board of Trustees for six years. His membership included the Public Relations Society of America and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The many distinguished awards received by General Bussey included a Doctor of Humanities Degree from North Carolina A & T State University, the David Apter Award for Public Service, the William Randolph Hearst Fellowship award and induction into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, the National Capital Chapter Hall of Fame and the North Carolina A & T State University ROTC Hall of Fame.

He published numerous articles on communications; human resources; leadership and training in Army, Armor, Infantry, Military Review, Buffalo, Soldier's and Army Times magazines and various daily and weekly newspapers.

General Bussey is survived by his wife, Commie Lena Bussey and their son, David James Bussey, both of Springfield, VA; three children from a former marriage; Terri Lynn McClure of Lorrain, OH; Tonia Marie Bussey of Baltimore, MD; and First Lieutenant Charles Frederick Bussey of Tacoma, WA (currently serving in Iraq). Surviving brothers include Alex Bussey of Englewood, NJ; Gilbert Bussey of Washington, D.C. and Ronald Bussey of Doylestown, PA; two sisters, Naomi Alton and Henrietta Shaw, both of Chicago IL; two grandchildren; Angelica McClure (Lorrain, OH) and Hope Pfander (Tacoma, WA); and a surviving aunt; Helen Cain of Washington D.C. Visitation Thursday, August 30, 2007 from 6 to 8 p.m. at DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 5308 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 22151. A tribute/funeral service on Friday August 31, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, Arlington, VA immediately followed by interment service with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established in General Bussey's name to reflect his commitment to education. Donations can be sent to the following address: The Major General Charles D. Bussey Scholarship Fund, Development and University Relations, North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411.

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 26, 2007
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