Thomas W. Herren, 89, a retired Army lieutenant general who was a veteran of three wars and who commanded the Military District of Washington from 1950 to 1952, died of a heart ailment June 4 at his home in Washington.
Gen. Herren served with the field artillery in France during World War I, and was an assistant commander of the 70th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. He served as deputy commanding general for civil affairs of the Eighth Army and as commanding general of Korean Zone Communications during the Korean War.
After leaving Korea, he served in West Germany and served as commanding general of the First Army, based in New York, before retiring from active duty in 1957. His decorations included two Legions of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Gen. Herren was a native of Dadeville, Ala., and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1917. Later that year, he received his Army commission. Between World War I and World War II, he graduated from the Cavalry School and the Command and General Staff College.
The outbreak of World War II found him a cavalry instructor at Fort Benning, Ga. He spent a year as commandant of the Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kan., before going to France with the 70th Division in 1944. He landed in Marseilles with the division's three infantry regiments, which as "Task Force Herren" fought on the Rhine and in the Battle of the Bulge.
After that war, he held staff posts in South Korea and Japan before going to Washington in 1949 as the Army's chief of special services. A noted pre-World War II polo player, the general in this post supervised the Army's sports program.
After retiring from the Army, Gen. Herren lived in Washington and joined the Military Service Co., where he became a vice president and public relations director. Military Service is an Alabama-based concern that sold recreational supplies and equipment to the military.
Survivors include his wife, the former Lillian Corcoran, of Washington; two sons, retired Army Lt. Col. Thomas W. Jr., of Falls Church, and retired Army Col. John D., of Bethesda, and five grandchidren.