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Hoover Institution Research Fellow Keith E. Eiler dies at age 85.



STANFORD, Calif. -- Keith E. Eiler, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University since 1983, died on Wednesday, November 16, after a long illness.

Eiler, born and raised in rural Nebraska, turned 85 years old on November 8. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army United States Army

Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local
 and an expert on United States military history.

He was the author of a definitive history of U.S. economic and military mobilization in World War II entitled Mobilizing America: Robert P. Patterson Robert Porter Patterson (Sr.) (February 12, 1891 - January 22, 1952) was the United States Under Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt and the United States Secretary of War under President Harry S. Truman from September 27, 1945 to July 18, 1947.  and the War Effort, 1940-1945, a book that received the Hoover Institution's Uncommon Book Award in 1999. He also edited Wedemeyer on War and Peace, a compilation of writings by General Albert C. Wedemeyer, the U.S. War Department's most prominent strategist and commander of the Allied forces in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.

Eiler graduated from the United States Military Academy United States Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y.; for training young men and women to be officers in the U.S. army; founded and opened in 1802. The original act provided that the Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point should constitute a military academy, but  in 1944. He subsequently served during World War II with the 80th Infantry Division of the Third U.S. Army in Europe, where he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge Battle of the Bulge, popular name in World War II for the German counterattack in the Ardennes, Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945. It is also known as the Battle of the Ardennes. On Dec. ; as an engineer with the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project involved in operational employment of atomic weapons; as an aide-de-camp to General Wedemeyer during the latter's term as commander of the Sixth U.S. Army at the Presidio of San Francisco (1950-51); with the Eighth U.S. Army in Korea, where he helped plan the Demilitarized Zone (1953); and in the headquarters of the Army Forces Far East in Tokyo (1953-54).

Eiler taught mathematics as an instructor and assistant professor at West Point from 1954 to 1958; commanded an engineer combat battalion in Germany in 1960-61; and was assistant director of military construction in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, from 1961 to 1963. In his last assignment before his retirement from the military in 1965, he served with the army general staff in the Office of the Chief of Staff, 1963-64.

He held masters' degrees in civil engineering (Harvard University) and international affairs (George Washington University George Washington University, at Washington, D.C.; coeducational; chartered 1821 as Columbian College (one of the first nonsectarian colleges), opened 1822, became a university in 1873, renamed 1904. ) and a doctorate in the history of American civilization (Harvard).

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; three sisters, Fern Maxwell, Edna Zach, and Sue Curtis; three brothers, Donald, Jim, and Dale Eiler; grandniece grand¬∑niece ¬†
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 Michaela and other nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known locally as Saint Mary's Cathedral, is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco in San Francisco, California.  in San Francisco. Burial will be at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York West Point is a federal military base (and a census-designated place) located in the Town of Highland Falls in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 7,138 at the 2000 census. , on November 29.
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