Paul M. Timmerberg - RIP

CIDAA Forum: Deaths (Public): Paul M. Timmerberg - RIP
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 07:49 pm:  Edit

To Those Who Knew and Served with MG Paul M. Timmerberg

We are forwarding the attached "eulogy" and a list of honorary pall bearers which may be of interest to those in our RMPO "Community" who held a special relationship with MG Timmerberg.

MG Timmerberg's funeral on April 10, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery was a celebration of his life and a fitting memorial with the military honors due an officer of his stature and accomplishment. The chapel was full (capacity about 200 to 250). The Provost Marshal General, our retired MP Generals (MG's Cromartie, Lenhardt, Meyer, Ryder, and BG Curry) and many active duty MP officers, warrants, and enlisted in uniform, were present -- as were numerous retirees from long distances such as Hawaii, New Hampshire, Florida, and elsewhere.

Army Chaplain (Maj) David Baum officiated the funeral services. The funeral cortege included the riderless horse, his two star flag bearer following the caisson, and honorary pall bearers accompanying the horse drawn caisson from chapel to the grave site and the US Army band. There was considerable distance from the chapel to the grave and our honorary pall bearers walked behind the 3rd Infantry Escort, marching in quick time, after leaving the vicinity of the chapel. The band played music throughout the march. At grave site, our pall bearers formed an honor guard at present arms for the casket to pass through from caisson to grave. The salute battery fired thirteen rounds -- appropriate honors for a major general -- at five-second intervals followed by the 21 gun salute and “Taps” by the bugler. The honoray pall bearers were:

Colonel Frank Cohn Colonel William Gregerson
Colonel Albert Green Colonel Patrick Lowrey
Colonel Leo Roppo Lieutenant Colonel Loren Bush
Lieutenant Colonel W. Chase Maglin Lieutenant Colonel Thomas O'Hara

CSM (Ret) Donald Devaney placed two helmet liners (one with MP markings and the other with CID markings with rank of two stars) at the grave site after the chaplain's benediction, concluding the service. The two helmet liners symbolized the integration of the CID and MP Corps during MG Timmerberg's tenure of command and his fidelity to the Army and the Corps.

I am pleased to report that we supported the Timmerberg family in the celebration of MG Paul Timmerberg's life. And again, we take great pride in the Military Police "Family" (active and retired) for their participation in this solemn occasion. For information and sharing as deemed appropriate. (Thanks to COL Pat Lowrey)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tracy Usry (Tusry) on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - 06:45 am:  Edit

I served with MG Timmerberg in Vietnam. Initially he was the Provost Marshal General for RVN when I was with the 720th MP Bn. After moving into CID with the CST (Log) 8th MP Gp, CI, MG Timmerberg was still the PMG. Interesting story involving MG Timmerberg. One day, while in the office, my first partner, John "Ricky" Mays answered the phone and after listening to the individual on the other end of the conversation, put his hand over the mouth piece and said "Who is Paul Timmerberg?" I immediatley answered him and said that would be General Timmerberg! John R. immediately popped to his feet came to attention and answered "yes sir, how can I help you? I often wondered if the General knew Mays was standing at attention? General Timmerberg moved USACIDC into the Command it was in the 80's. Without his support and the respect he demanded from the leadership of the Army, the transition of USACIDC to a Command would not have gone so well. He was a man with a quick smile and a great sense of humor. It was my honor to have served his so long. I am fortunate that I have one of his coins when he was the PMG of RVN, and one when he commanded USACIDC. Rest well General, you earned it!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Anthony Ward (Conajw) on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 06:39 pm:  Edit

My condolences to the Timmerburg family. I served under MG Timmerburg at CID HQs from 1975-1978 and from 1978 to 1980 when I retired. He was the best Officer I had ever worked for.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By CSM Donald E. Devaney USACIDC 1977 - 1981 (Unregistered Guest) on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 03:14 am:  Edit

An admired leader, beloved husband, father and grandfather, who transformed the modern Military Police Corps and Army CID as no other could have done it. And the person who gave me the opportunities lasting a lifetime. I mourn his loss and remain forever grateful to have worked with him.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard (Unregistered Guest) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:09 am:  Edit

In 1976 I was assigned to drive MG Timmerberg when he visited the Ft Sam Houston Field Office. MG Timmerberg appreciated that I drove him to his appointments without an accident. He was a true officer and gentleman.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lawrence H. Drayton (Larry_drayton) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 11:49 am:  Edit

MG Timmerberg's funeral service with full military honors will be held at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia on April 10th, 2008 at 9:00 am.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Squires (Unregistered Guest) on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 08:52 pm:  Edit

MG Timmerberg was one of my closer friends. I first met him when I served under him in the 529th in Heidelberg. I could talk for a long time about our time in the 529th. MG Timmerberg was one of the best officers that I served with in my 27 years of service. The next time I saw him was as I was attending the CID basic course. He was a Major at that time and my former 529th Platoon Leader had dinner with he and his family at Ft Gordon. We ran into each other several times while on acive duty. After my retirement my wife and I visited with MG Timmerberg and his wife several times. I had talked with him in early Feb. I will certainly miss him. Go with God Paul. JIM

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Marlow (Unregistered Guest) on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 03:47 pm:  Edit

It was with great sadness that I read of Gen Timmerberg's passing and then on the same day the loss of Dwight Bishop, both were good friends. Gen. Timmerberg was a long distance member of the California Group. I remember when I first met him in 1957/8, he was in Heidelberg, a Captain. The next time I saw him was when he visited the Ft. Gordon Field Office. He was one of the best CG's CID ever had and did a lot for the MPC/CID, a real down to earth gentleman. I talked to him on 28 Dec 07, little did I know then that only seven weeks later he would be gone, may he rest in peace. Herb Marlow

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Swails (Unregistered Guest) on Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 07:14 pm:  Edit

CIDAA please make sure to post the date of burial at Arlington. I am sure there are many who want to pay final respects and salute to this fine officer. Thanks.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert W. Busby (Robert_busby) on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 09:07 am:  Edit

As times marches on our ranks keep getting smaller with the loss of those who served with us. MG Timmerberg will be missed by all.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By William G. Charest (Bill_charest) on Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 01:02 pm:  Edit

Like other posts here, I had the pleasure of working under MG Timmerberg when he was CID Commander. My credentials were signed by COL Tufts and my retirement certificate (1978), with mounted credentials, was signed by GEN Timmerberg. On one occasion, as SAC of Walter Reed RA, I briefed him on RA operations and our AOR. He immediately put me at ease and the briefing went well. A fine commander and person. My condolences to the Timmerberg family.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Russ Youngblood (Rvyblood) on Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 12:23 pm:  Edit

Sad to hear about losing MG Timmerberg. He commanded USACIDC during a historic era of growth and development as an agency and command. That was a period of service I shared with so many of the best. I wonder if USACIDC is now what it was then. Condolences to the Timmerberg family.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Swails (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 12:44 pm:  Edit

The loss of a man I greatly admired. My sincere condolences to his family on their loss. I had the great pleasure or serving under MG Timmerberg at HQ from 1975-1976 and then again 1977-1980. I was a member of his IG team from 1978-1980. During outbriefings, his concern ALWAYS centered around agent well being in the field and what he could do to improve their situation. He used to joke about his being on the slowest promotion list to MG there had ever been since it took forever for that list to move. He did not just sit in the Commander's position as other have done-he WAS a commander in every sense of the old definition. As one other agent said, Rest in Peace "Tall Paul"

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Daniel E. White (Danwhite1176) on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 11:46 am:  Edit

I had the honor of serving under MG Timmerberg as our CID Commander and met him on several occasions during his field visits. He was always at the ready to help his Special Agents and their families. He was "Of the Troops and For the Troop." A fine officer and gentleman who really cared and made sure the CID motto "Do What Has to Be Done" was adhered to. He took COL Tufts' CID Command to the next level. Rest in Peace General.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Stein (Allans35) on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:30 am:  Edit

I had the good fortune of serving with Captain Paul M. Timmerberg when he was commander of the 529th Military Police Company in Heidelberg, Germany. This unit provided the USAEUR Honor Guard which performed in more than 365 various ceremonies each year. He demonstrated all of the characteristics then that are mentioned in the comments made by agents that served with him in later years. I agree that we have lost a great military leader of men and women.
Further, all I knew of him in Heidelberg and all I have heard of him since, lead me to believe that we have lost another truly good man.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 08:51 am:  Edit

Major General Paul M Timmerberg (U S Army Ret) passed away in Overland Park, KS, on February 20, 2008, at the age of 80. Born August 17, 1927, in Montgomery City, MO, he was the son of Paul E and Martha M Timmerberg. He lived his formative years in Montgomery City and earned a reputation as both an athlete and a scholar. He later completed his education by earning a bachelor's degree with post-graduate study at the University of Maryland. Paul spent most of his professional life in the U S Military. From 1945-1947 he was in the U S Merchant Marine, where he sailed in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. From 1948-1983 he served as an Officer in the U S Army. In 1948 he was accepted for Officer Candidate School and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in March 1949. Throughout his 35 year career he rose to the rank of Major General and retired in 1983 as the senior officer in the Army's Military Police Corps. During Paul's service in the Army he received the following decorations: Distinguished Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (4), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (7) with one Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (5), and 15 other service medals with six battle stars. After retirement from active duty, he was inducted into both the OCS and the Military Police Corps Hall of Fame. Apart from his military career, Paul was also active as a deacon and elder of his church, an adult leader of the Boy Scouts of America, and a long time volunteer at Menorah Medical Center. He took great interest in the lives of his children and grandchildren, providing consistent support, encouragement and unconditional love. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Edward, who was killed in action in the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 59 years; son Doug and his wife Michele; daughter Debbie Blanton and her husband Wes; son John and his wife Kelly; son Mark and his wife Jean; sister Nancy Scott; 12 grandchildren, Carla, Jessica, Erica, Matthew, Brooke, Ben, Brett, Amanda, Trevor, Kelsey, Brady and Jack; four great granddaughters, and two aunts, Ruby Dryden See and Betty Jo Rosenberg. Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2008, at D W Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. Funeral service will follow at 3:30 PM Burial with full military honors will occur at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Retired Military Police Officers Digest, PO Box 701, Falls Church, VA 22046. D W Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 913-451-1860 is in charge.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dannie Taylor (Danniet) on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 01:05 am:  Edit

MG Timmerberg was a true gentleman and very supportive of us Agents. On a visit to Wurzburg in 1978 he had a meeting with all of us. He asked if there was anything he could do for us. Like a dummy I raised my hand and asked for a better Duty agent car. The one we had was so bad sometimes you had to push it to get it started. MG Timmerberg told me to take him for a ride after the meeting. Well we got to the car and it would not start. We went back inside and he told Archie Roth the car was grounded and Archie’s new car became the Duty Agent car. Years later when I was Ft McClellan we met and he asked me if the duty car still runs. He had a sharp mind. May he rest in peace and thank you for being our "General"

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Don Wright (Unregistered Guest) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 04:16 pm:  Edit

My condolences to the Timmerberg family.
I was fortunate enough to have served for him while he commanded the CID. He was a true professional who sincerely cared for the men and women in the CID. When I retired in 1981 he presented me with an engraved coin that I still have framed in my home. The Army has lost one of its finest, but he will always be in the hearts and minds of those who knew him well.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Donald L. Keller (Don_keller) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 04:10 pm:  Edit

Yes, he was one of the "good guys". RIP

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard S. (Dick) Stoyko (Dick_stoyko) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 01:43 pm:  Edit

I was proud to have served under MG Timmerberg. My condolences go out to his wife and family. Rest in Peace.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jearl E. Ballow (Je_buck_ballow) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 01:37 pm:  Edit

A friend of mine told me that many years ago, when we were in GHQ Tokyo in 1950-52 that his boss was a young Lieutenant in the 720th MP Bn named Paul Timmerberg. I wish I had known him then, sadly I didn't or at least didn't remember him. All I know is that when he became our boss as head of the USACIDC I was probably more impressed with him than any of the others that held that post. In our few conversations we did have he always showed a great sense of humor. A trait he had to have to put up with some of us I guess. Oyasumi nasi, General. Sleep well!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter L. Comras (Unregistered Guest) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 12:05 am:  Edit

I served under "Tall Paul" Timmerberg at USACIDC until I retired (3/77). He was a great guy, a one-of-a kind General and one of the best CID Commanders. He was always available to assist his special agents. The MP Corps and America lost one of its great general officers.

Rest in Peace "Tall Paul."

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 05:05 pm:  Edit

Received a call from Dorothy Timmerberg advising me that her husband, MG Paul M Timmerberg died this morning from complications after a fall and a presumed stroke a few days ago. The funeral will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Further information will be forthcoming as soon as arrangements are finalized. The Corps has sustained a great loss. (Thanks to COL Cohn, RMPO)
NOTE: MG Timmerberg was an Honorary member of the CIDAA. Condolences to Mrs Timmerberg & family at the address on page 144 of the 2008 Gold Book. I will post the additional information when it becomes available.


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