Retired Army Lt. Gen. Charles D. Herron, 100, a veteran of the Philippines Insurrection and both World Wars, died Saturday in Honolulu.
After a second retirement from military service at the end of World War II, he moved to Bethesda. During the 1950s, he served for four years as chairman of the old Montgomery County Tax Appeals Court.
Born in Crawfordsville, Ind., Gen. Herron graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1899, and was sent immediately as an infantry officer to the Philippines during the San Blas Insurrection there.
In World War I, he transferred to the field artillery, and was sent to France. As chief of staff of the 78th Division, he participated in major campaigns and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Legion of Merit.
From 1930 to 1935, Gen. Herron was executive for Army reserve affairs in Washington. He was sent to Hawaii in 1937, and a year later assumed command of the Hawaiian department. He returned to this country in 1941, and retired at the statutory retirement age of 64.
However, with this country's entry into World War II, he was recalled to serve as a member of the Secretary of War's personnel board.
As a member of the staff of Gen. George C. Marshall, he recommended general officers for the wartime expansion of the Army, and later controlled the promotion of thousands of officers commissioned from civilian life for staff assignments.
Upon the joint recommendation of Gen. Marshall and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gen. Herron was awarded a second Distinguished Service Medal for his handling of difficult personnel problems throughout the war.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. R. W. Ripple, of Honolulu.