Retired Maj. Gen. Elmer Pendleton, a former U.S. official who devoted his life to the development of Turkish-American relations, died Thursday at his home in Virginia, the American-Turkish Council, or ATC, announced late Thursday. "General Pendleton died suddenly and peacefully at home this morning," the ATC said in a statement. Pendleton, who retired in 1986, was 83 years old and is survived by his wife, Anne, and three children.
"We know that all of the ATC family will have Elmer and Anne in their thoughts and prayers," the ATC said. As a two-star general, Pendleton commanded the Joint United States Military Mission for Aid to Turkey, or JUSMMAT, in the 1980s. JUSMMAT was renamed the Office for Defense Cooperation Turkey, or ODC-T, in 1994. While he was JUSMMAT?s commander, Pendleton once said: "As a soldier one of the things that I like about Turkish soldiers is that they are trained to look you right in the eye. No looking down at their feet, no lack of confidence, but a feeling of pride in one's self, one's army and one's country." After retirement, Pendleton became a founding member of the ATC, and for many years worked as the ATC's senior military advisor. He was also a founding member of the American Friends of Turkey, another U.S.-Turkish group. The ATC, whose members include major U.S. and Turkish companies, works for the improvement of U.S.-Turkish ties. All key U.S. defense firms are members of the ATC while Richard Armitage, a former U.S. deputy secretary of state, is the ATC's chairman. ?Gen. Pendleton was a true and great friend of Turkey. We will miss him," said one Turkish diplomat. Source: Hurriyet Daily News (Photo credit: Westpoint.org\While Pendleton was in Korean War, fourth row, third one from left)
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