Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gettys, 67, an infantry officer who fought in Europe in World War II and commanded the Americal Division in Vietnam, died of cancer Nov. 20 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Gen. Gettys, a resident of Washington since 1940, was born in Charlotte, N.C., and reared in Rock Hill, S.C. He graduated from Clemson University in 1936 and received a commission in the Army Reserves.
He was called to active duty in 1940. Following his World War II service, he attended the University of Michigan and then went to Ecuador as the infantry adviser on the U.S. military mission there. He was later assigned to the Command and General Staff College, from which he graduated, and airborne training. His foreign postings included Korea, Italy and Germany.
Gen. Gettys commanded the Americal Division in 1969 and 1970. After a brief stay in Washington, he returned to Saigon as chief of staff at the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. In 1971, he was named commander of Army forces in Alaska and retired from there in 1973.
Gen. Gettys held three Distinguished Service Medals, two Silver Stars, three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star and 11 Air Medals.
Survivors include his wife, the former Blossom Millbrook, of Washington; a son, Army Capt. Mark M., of Arlington; a sister, Dorothy Lesslie of Chester, S.C.; two brothers, Alexander, of Pickens, S.C., and Richard, of Easley, S.C., and two grandchildren.