The headline on an obituary in Tuesday's editions of The Washington Post wrongly stated that Josephine Woodhull Crittenberger, who died Sunday, lost sons in Italy and Vietnam. Mrs. Crittenberger, the wife of retired Army Lt. Gen. Willis D. Crittenberger, lost one son killed in action near the Rhine River in 1945, and a second son was killed in Vietnam, as stated in the obituary. The obituary failed to state that the family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Army Emergency Relief, the Army Distaff Foundation, the Heart Fund, or the American Cancer Society.
Josephine Woodhull Crittenberger, 84, a member of a military family, died Sunday at her home in Washington following a heart attack.
She was the wife of Willis D. Crittenberger, a retired lieutenant general who commanded an Army corps in Italy in World War II.
One of her sons, Cpl. Townsend W. Crittenberger, was killed in action on March 22, 1945, after crossing the Rhine River at the Remagen Bridge. He recieved posthumous awards of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
A second son, Col. Dale J. Crittenberger, was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam in 1969. He held the Silver and Bronze Star medals.
Her third son is Willis D. Crittenberger Jr., now a retired major general in the Army.
Josephine Woodhull was born in San Antonio, Texas. One of her girlhood friends was Mamie Dowd, later Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Miss Woodhull was Queen of the 1915 San Jacinto Festival.
She attended Wellesley College and married Willis Crittenberger in 1917, the year he was promoted to captain in the army.
In addition to her husband, of the home in Washington, and her surviving son, of McLean, Mrs. Crittenberger is survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.