LTG Milton Herman Medenbach

  • Born: December 31, 1907
  • Died: January 16, 2007
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Tribute & Message From The Family

MILTON HERMAN MEDENBACH, LTG (PA Military Reserve) Educationalist, and Administrator: Born in Baltimore Maryland, Dec. 31, 1907 to Herman and Bertha (Hildenbrand) Medenbach. Husband of the late Helen C. (Clarke) Medenbach. Survived by children, COL Philip C. Medenbach, (USA ret.), and Mary Louise Alderman, grandchildren Philip C. Medenbach, Jr., Paige Ann VanAllen, Alix Daley, and sisters Bertha Medenbach Mutziger, and Barbara Medenbach Hart.

General Medenbach¯s credentials consist of A.B., The Johns Hopkins University, 1929; certificate in Philology, University of Marburg, Germany, 1930; diploma, Konsularakademie, Vienna, Austria, 1931; diploma, US Army Basic School of Military Government, University of Virginia, 1944; diploma, US Army Civil Affairs Training School, Yale University, 1944; Ped.D., Gettysburg College, 1952.

He married Helen Carolyn Clarke, September 28, 1935.

His career at Valley Forge Military Academy & College started as Adjutant, 1932-33; Executive Officer 1934-38; Commandant of Cadets, Assistant Superintendent 1946-70; Superintendent 1970-71; and Superintendent Emeritus 1972 until his death 2007.

He was member of the Executive Committee, Pennsylvania Inaugural Committee in 1963; Vice President/Secretary, Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion Foundation, VFMA&C in 1972 until his death.

He served in the US Army Reserves from Second Lieutenant to Colonel from 1929-1968 with active duty in the United States and Europe during World War II, including duty as Commander of US Army Military Government units in US Zone of Austria. From the rank of Brigadier General to Lieutenant General, he was with the Pennsylvania Guard, 1955-207.

Some of the decorations he received are; Legion of Merit, Army Commendation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; recipient Pennsylvania Meritorious Medal for excellence in the field of education and for outstanding service with the Pennsylvania Inaugural Committee, 1963; Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Award, 1998; Austro-American Exchange Fellow, Institute of International Education, 1929-31: Member Boarding Schools Headmasters Association, Phila., 1955; Association of the US Army (President, Valley Forge Chapter 1972); Military Order of the World Wars; American Legion; Old Guard City of Philadelphia; Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands; the Distinguished Military Alumnus certificate, The Johns Hopkins University Reserve Officers Training Corps, April 2002 (which is on display in The Johns Hopkins University ROTC Hall of Fame).

General Medenbach was an Episcopalian Republican, and a member of The Johns Hopkins Club.

One of his sayings that could be heard several times while speaking to his cadets at the Forge was "¯ have always believed that a man can achieve success and become a credit to his generation if he builds his life upon a firm belief in the traditional values which form the warp and woof of the American dream, and the habitual and dedicated pursuit of excellence; the understanding of the requirements of duty to God, Country, and Family; and the constant adherence to fitness, as it pertains to one¯s association with one¯s fellow man¯.