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Kenneth E. BeLieu

Kenneth E. BeLieu
Official portrait of Kenneth E. BeLieu as Under Secretary of the Army
United States
Under Secretary of the Navy
In office
26 February 1965 – July 1965
Preceded by Paul B. Fay
Succeeded by Robert H. B. Baldwin
United States
Under Secretary of the Army
In office
September 1971 – June 1973
Preceded by Thaddeus Beal
Succeeded by Herman R. Staudt
Personal details
Born (1914-02-10)February 10, 1914
Portland, Oregon
Died February 10, 2001(2001-02-10) (aged 87)
Sterling, Virginia
Alma mater University of Oregon
Awards Silver Star
Bronze Star Medal
Legion of Merit
Croix de guerre
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1940-1955
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War

Kenneth E. BeLieu (1914–2001) was the United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Logistics) 1961-65, Under Secretary of the Navy in 1965; Under Secretary of the Army 1971-73; and then director of the National Petroleum Council in the late 1970s.

Early life

Kenneth E. BeLieu was born in Portland, Oregon on February 10, 1914, the son of Ila Jean BeLieu and Perry G. BeLieu. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1933, he attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, graduating in 1937.

Military career

After three years in business in Portland, in 1940, BeLieu enlisted in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. As a soldier during World War II, he participated in the Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Western Allied invasion of Germany. BeLieu was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Croix de guerre.

Following the end of World War II, BeLieu served in several assignments with the Army in the United States Department of War and with the General Staff of the United States Army.

The Korean War saw BeLieu return to the field of battle and in 1950, BeLieu lost his left leg below the knee because of wounds received in combat. Upon discharge from hospital, BeLieu was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Army. There, he served as Executive Officer to two Secretaries of the Army, Frank Pace and later Robert T. Stevens. BeLieu retired from the Army in 1955 with the rank of colonel.

Political career

Upon leaving the army, BeLieu attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, graduating in 1955. From 1955 to 1960, BeLieu was a staff member of the professional staff of both the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services (serving as Staff Director of the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee) and the United States Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences (serving as the committee's Staff Director).

In February 1961, President of the United States John F. Kennedy appointed BeLieu Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Logistics), a post he held for four years. In February 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson named BeLieu Under Secretary of the Navy, and he served in that capacity from February 26, 1965 until July 1965. During his time in the United States Department of the Navy, BeLieu was awarded the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

In July 1965, BeLieu left public service for the private sector. In the second half of the 1960s, he would serve as

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