Retired Army Lt. Col. Raymond E. LeVan, 58, an Army civilian employe and a veteran of World War II, died Monday at DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir. He suffered from cancer.
Col. LeVan enlisted in the Army in World War II. He was Assigned to the 30the Infantry Division that landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 15, 1944.
The division was one of the units that blunted the drive of the German Ardennes offense of December 1944, that became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
It was during this action that Col. LeVan received a battlefield commission. He also received a Silver Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters and a Purple Heart with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
After the war, he served with military police units in Europe and this country. He helped supervise the inaugural parades of presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson before retiring from active duty in 1965.
Col. LeVan worked as a plans and training officer, first with the Army's combat development command anthen with the Army's research command until his death.
He was a native of New York City.
He is survived by his wife, Avonia C., of the home in Annandale; his mother, Marie C. LeVan, and a brother, Agelo, both of Delawanna, N.J.