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General James T. Conway
34 Commandant Of The United States Marine Corps
(November 14, 2006)
General Conway was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and is a graduate of Southeast
Missouri University. He was commissioned in 1970 as an infantry officer. His company grade assignments included multiple platoon
and company commander billets with both the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions; Executive Officer of the Marine Detachment aboard
the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63); series and company commander at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego; aide to the Commanding
General, and Director, Sea School.
As a field grade officer, he commanded two companies of officer students and
taught tactics at The Basic School; he also served as operations officer for the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit to include contingency
operations off Beirut , Lebanon; and as Senior Aide to the Chaiman , Joint Chiefs of Staff. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel,
he was reassigned to the 2nd Marine Division as Division G-3 Operations Officer before assuming command of 3rd Battalion,
2nd Marines in January 1990. He commanded Battalion Landing Team 3/2 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Selected
for colonel, he served as the Ground Colonels' Monitor, and as Commanding Officer of The Basic School. His general officer
duties included Deputy Director of Operations, J-34, Combating Terrorism, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.; and President, Marine
Corps University at Quantico, VA. After promotion to Major General, he assumed command of the 1st Marine Division. In November
2002, Major Conway was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed command of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force. He commanded
1 Marine Expedititionary Force during two combat tours in Iraq. In 2004, he was reassigned as the Director of Operations,
J-3, Joint Staff, inWashington, D.C.
Commandants Of The United States Marine Corps
Major General (Sel) Thomas D. Waldhauser
Commanding Grneral, 1st Marine Division
The 1st Marine Division will get a new commander today September
28, 2007 as its members prepare to deploy to Iraq between late this year and early 2008. Maj. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser will
take over the division from Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mills. Mills will move to Iraq to oversee ground troops for Multi-National
Force - West. Waldhauser previously worked as chief of staff and director of the command support center at the U.S. Special
Operations Command in Florida. The 1st Marine Division, which has about 19,000 service members, is the most decorated infantry
division in the Marine Corps. - R.R.
Platoon 414 Picture below: My brother Jerry and I.
(2ND Row from bottom 8-9, L-R)
Parris Island, SC. Platoon 414-3rd Recruit Bn - July 1945. Our DI's (Drill Instructors) were Gunny Sgt. Antidormi
and Pfc. Eddie Kozmer. Both men had been with the 1st Marines on Guadalcanal (August 1942 - February 1943)
October - 1945
Aerial view Squantum NAS - 1945
USMC - Marine Beginning
USMC - Ribbon Creek
The Marine Corps Seal, designed by the Marine Corps Uniform
Board in accordance with instructions of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, then General Lemuel G. Shepherd, Jr., was adopted
by Presidential Executive Order 10538 of 22 June 1954.
The traditional Marine Corps emblem - eagle, globe and foul anchor - forms the
basic device of the Seal. Of these three, the eagle and the foul anchor are the most venerable, dating from 1800 when they
first appeared on the Marine uniform button - a button which has remained to this day virtually unchanged from its original
form. Influenced strongly by the design of the emblem of the British Royal Marines depicting as their domain the Eastern hemisphere,
the U.S. Marines adopted in 1868 as their emblem a globe showing the Western hemisphere. To this was added the spread eagle
and foul anchor from the button. Twelve years later the motto, "Semper Fidelis," completed the design.
The scarlet and gold surrounding the emblem are the official Marine Corps colors.
These in turn are enclosed by Navy blue and gold signifying the Marine Corps as an integral part of the naval team.
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