Liversedge, Harry, BGen

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Brigadier General
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1950-1950, 9903, MCB Camp Pendleton
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1917 - 1951

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Nov 25, 1951
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Following his promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in August, 1940, he was ordered to the Marine Corps Base, San Diego, and was subsequently assigned to the Eighth Marines, Second Marine Division.

In January, 1942, General Liversedge departed from the United States for American Samoa, in command of the Second Battalion, Eighth Marines. He was promoted to colonel in May of that same year and in August he assumed command of the Third Marine Raider Battalion. He led this unit ashore at Pavuvu in the unopposed occupation of the Russell Island. He commanded the battalion until March, 1943 when he was given command of the newly-organized First Marine Raider Regiment.

In January, 1944, he was transferred to the Fifth Marine Division and assumed command of the Twenty-eighth Marines. He gallantly led the "twenty-eighth" ashore in the Iwo Jima campaign, for which he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of his Second Navy Cross. Following a brief tour of duty with the occupation forces in Japan, he was ordered to the Marine Corps Base in San Diego in March, 1946. In July, 1946 he was assigned duties as Director of the Twelfth Marine Reserve District and District Marine Officer, Twelfth Naval District, San Francisco.

He served in that capacity until he was named assistant commander of the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, in February, 1948. In May of that year, he was promoted to brigadier general, and the following May, he took command of Fleet Marine Force, Guam, where he remained until April, 1950. He then served briefly as Deputy Commander, Marine Barracks, Camp Pendleton, before becoming Director of the Marine Corps Reserve in June, 1950. He died at the Navy Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, on November 25, 1951.

In addition to the Navy Cross with Gold Star in lieu of a Second Navy Cross, his decorations and medals included: Bronze Star Medal (Army); Presidential Unit Citation; Victory Medal with France clasp and Maltese Cross; Expeditionary Medal with Bronze star; Yangtze Service Medal; American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars; American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.
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(First Award)
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Marine Raider Regiment,
Date of Action: July 5 - August 29, 1943
The Navy Cross is presented to Harry Bluett Liversedge, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the First Marine Raider Regiment and the Third Battalions of the 145th and 148th Infantries, U.S. Army, during operations on New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands, from July 5 to August 29, 1943. Gallantly leading his troops through dense jungle into combat against a fanatic enemy long experienced in jungle warfare and well-entrenched in strong positions, Colonel Liversedge commanded the assault with cool and courageous determination. Although handicapped by extremely adverse weather conditions, constant enemy fire and the difficult problems of supply, he skillfully coordinated his forces and those of cooperating units and, relentlessly forced the Japanese to withdraw. Colonel Liversedge's aggressive fighting spirit and brilliant leadership contributed immeasurably to the success of the New Georgia Campaign and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD: Serial 01914 (March 21, 1944)
Born: 9/21/1894 at Volcano, California
Home Town: Berkeley, California
Other Award: Navy Cross w/Gold Star (WWII)

(Second Award)
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 19 - March 27, 1945
The Navy Cross is presented to Harry Bluett Liversedge, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 February to 27 March 1945. Landing on the fire-swept beaches twenty-two minutes after H-Hour, Colonel Liversedge gallantly led his men in the advance inland before executing a difficult turning maneuver to the south preparatory to launching the assault on Mount Suribachi. Under his inspiring leadership, his Regiment effected a partial seizure of a formidable Japanese position consisting of caves, pillboxes and blockhouses, until it was halted by intense enemy resistance which caused severe casualties. Braving the heavy hostile fire, he traversed the front lines to reorganize his troops and, by his determination and aggressiveness, enabled his men to overrun the Japanese position by nightfall. By his fighting spirit and intrepid leadership, Colonel Liversedge contributed materially to the capture of Mount Suribachi, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 44533 (SofN Signed January 26, 1948)
Born: 9/21/1894 at Volcano, California
Home Town: Pine Grove, California
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWII)
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US Naval Academy, US NavyMarine Barracks Mare Island, CAUSMC (United States Marine Corps)8th Marine Regiment
Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)3rd Recon Bn28th Marine RegimentMarine Barracks
MCB Camp Pendleton
  1920-1922, 0302, US Naval Academy, US Navy
  1924-1926, 0302, Marine Barracks Mare Island, CA
  1926-1927, 0302, MarDet Shanghai
  1929-1930, MCB San Diego, CA
  1940-1942, 0302, 8th Marine Regiment
  1940-1946, 0302, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1942-1943, 0302, 3rd Recon Bn
  1944-1946, 0302, 28th Marine Regiment
  1946-1948, 9906, 14th Naval District
  1948-1950, 9903, Marine Barracks Guam
  1950-1950, 9903, MCB Camp Pendleton
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1915-1915 US Occupation of Haiti
  1916-1916 Invasion of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Campaign)
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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University of California, Berkeley
  1914-1917, University of California, Berkeley
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