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Julius Wesley Becton Jr.
|Born||June 29, 1926
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|| United States Army
|Years of service||1944–1946
|Commands held|| VII Corps
1st Cavalry Division
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards|| Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (2)
Air Medal (2)
with V Device
Army Commendation Medal (2)
Purple Heart (2)
Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award.
|Other work||Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency|
Julius Wesley Becton Jr. (born June 29, 1926) is an American military official. He is a retired United States Army lieutenant general. He served as Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush presidencies from 1985 to 1989. He is also a education administrator.
Becton went on to serve in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant general in 1978 and command of VII Corps in Europe during the Cold War. Becton retired from the U.S. Army in 1983, after nearly 40 years of service.
His autobiography, Becton: Autobiography of a Soldier and Public Servant, was published in 2008 by Naval Institute Press.
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The South Korean ambassador to the United States Yang Sung-chul, Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White, and Becton at a July 2001 wreath-laying ceremony for African-American veterans of the Korean War.
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