General Case was born in Raquette Lake, New York, on March 20, 1914, and died on January 25, 1996. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Speaking, and was commissioned in the US Army in 1936. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College; and completed postgraduate studies at American University Master of Arts degree in Economics, Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Course), and George Washington University (international relations).
During more than three decades of active duty service, General Case held logistics positions for some 25 years and was a recognized expert on all phases of supply operations. His last assignment before retirement was Commander, Defense Fuel Supply Center, Alexandria, Virginia. Earlier assignments included Division Quartermaster (later Chief of Staff), 3rd Infantry Division; Staff Directory, Single Manager Division, Office of the Secretary of Defense; first Commander of the Defense Logistics Services Center, Battle Creek, Michigan; Quartermaster of the US Army, Europe; Chief, US Army Supply and Maintenance Agency, Europe; Deputy Commanding General, Communications Zone, Europe; and Commanding General, US Army Mobility Equipment Command, St. Louis, Missouri. As a company grade officer, he served in both World War II and the Korean conflict.
His many decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Medal of Orleans, France; and the Mobility Equipment Research and Development Leadership Award.