Willem den Toom

Willem den Toom (11 July 1911 – 13 December 1998) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

Willem den Toom
Willem den Toom in 1971
Minister of Defence
In office
5 April 1967  6 July 1971
Prime MinisterPiet de Jong
Preceded byPiet de Jong
Succeeded byHans de Koster
State Secretary for Defence
In office
25 November 1963  14 April 1965
Serving with Joop Haex
Adri van Es
Prime MinisterVictor Marijnen
Preceded byMichael Calmeyer
Succeeded byJan Borghouts
Personal details
Willem den Toom

(1911-07-11)11 July 1911
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died13 December 1998(1998-12-13) (aged 87)
Amersfoort, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1963)
Mijntje van Toorn
(m. 1930; died 1990)
Alma materRoyal Military Academy
OccupationPolitician · Air Force Officer · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Author · Editor · Political pundit · Activist · Lobbyist
Military service
Allegiance Netherlands
Branch/serviceRoyal Netherlands Army
Royal Netherlands Air Force
Years of service1933–1963 (Active duty)
1963–1965 (Reserve)
Rank Lieutenant general
Battles/warsWorld War II


Military decorations
Ribbon barDecorationCountryDateComment
Mobilisation War Cross Netherlands 1 June 1945
War Memorial Cross Netherlands 5 May 1946
Distinction sign for Long-term, Honest and Loyal Service Netherlands 1 May 1963 Honorable discharge
Ribbon barHonourCountryDateComment
Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 20 April 1965
Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 17 July 1971