Robert McGowan Littlejohn, 91, a retired major general in the Army and the head of the War Assets Administration for two years during the Truman administration, died of cardiorespiratory failure May 6 at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home.
Early in World War II, Gen.Littlejohn, then a colonel, was put in charge of providing uniforms for the rapidly expanding U.S. Army. He was promoted to brigadier general shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
In 1942, he went to England as the chief quartermaster on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff. He remained in Europe for the rest of the war and was promoted to major general in 1944.
In 1946, Gen. Littlejohn retired from the service. President Truman named him administrator of the War Assets Administration, the purpose of which was to dispose of some $34 billion in surplus government property. He remained in that post until 1948.
Thereafter, the general devoted himself to contributing to the official Department of the Army history of the Quartermaster Corps. He lived in Washington after leaving the Army.
Gen. Littlejohn was born in Jonesville, S.C. He attended Clemson College and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1912. He was commissioned in the cavalry and served in the Philippines, on the Mexican border and at West Point. He commanded a machine gun battalion in France during World War I. He transferred to the Quartermaster Corps in 1920.
Gen. Littlejohn's military decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star as well as several foreign honors.
His wife, the former Mary Lambert, died in 1978. He leaves no immediate survivors.