General Johansen, a native South Carolinian,
served two years as an enlisted soldier (1945-47) before returning to civilian life to
complete college. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1950, he won a Regular Army
commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.
Eivind H. Johansen
Quartermaster Hall of Fame
His 30 years service included multiple tours abroad in
Korea, Japan, Germany and Vietnam. He also held several key command and staff
positions stateside, culminating in his appointment as DA Deputy Chief of Staff for
Logistics--the Army's top logistician--and was notably the youngest general officer to
ever hold that position.
In the 1960s, General Johansen played a significant part
in the Army reorganization and establishment of the Defense Supply Agency, and was
instrumental in drafting the first Department of Defense concepts for integrated supply
management. Later as a Joint Staff Officer, he developed a new line of
communications to support U.S. forces in NATO. And as the Vietnam War drew to a
close, General Johansen became the Army's logistics expert on redeployment of troops from
Before retiring in 1979, he developed a new worldwide
distribution system for the Army, instituted procedures for effective supply
accountability worldwide, and set up Air Lines of Communication for both Europe and Korea.
He also headed the Board that ultimately recommended adoption of the Blackhawk and
Apache helicopters as the Army's principal aircraft weapons systems for the remainder of