Thomas Holcomb


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(1879–1965) general and commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (1936–44), born in New Castle, Delaware. Holcomb presided over the continuing refinement of the corps' amphibious mission, experimented with new kinds of landing craft, and established clear lines of authority in the field between navy and marine personnel. Holcomb received the Navy Cross and the Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters for his service in World War I, during which he saw action in several battles, among them Belleau Wood, Château-Thierry, Soissons, and the Argonne Forest (all 1918). In 1944 Holcomb was made a full general and awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.


From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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