Jerome, Clayton, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
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9903-General Officer
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1959-1959, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
Service Years
1922 - 1959

Lieutenant General


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Feb 13, 1978
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While serving in the latter capacity, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross in April 1937, for his daring rescue of the survivors of a Venezuelan plane crash. Using an amphibious plane, he repeatedly flew over the treacherous jungles of Cuyuni in search of the wreck. After finding it, he made two hazardous landings on the narrow Cuyuni River to rescue four survivors.

The general had also demonstrated his flying ability in January 1930, when the hand control or "stick" of his plane broke off at the socket while he was practicing acrobatics 2,000 feet over the city of San Diego, California. Since a crash would have resulted in death or property damage for people on the ground, he elected to stay with the plane rather than parachute. He righted the craft to normal flying position by maneuvering the socket with his hand; then, lashing the stick back to the socket with his handkerchief, trouser belt and necktie, he made a successful landing.

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As previously mentioned, the general held the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V," Gold Star in lieu of a second and Oak Leaf Clusters in lieu of third and fourth awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal. His other medals and decorations include the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one bronze star; the World War I Victory Medal; the Yangtze Service Medal; the Expeditionary Medal; the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal; the American Defense Service Medal with Base clasp; the American Area Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars, The World War II Victory Medal, The National Defense Service Medal; the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars; the United Nations Service Medal; the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star and the rank of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (New Zealand award).

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 Unit Assignments
US Naval Academy, US NavyThe Basic SchoolMarine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & INaval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
USMC (United States Marine Corps)MARDET American Legation, Peking, ChinaMarine BarracksAviation Units
USAF Air University, Maxwell AFB, ALHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)MCAS Quantico, VA MCB Quantico, VA
H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)1st MAWMCAS Cherry Point, NC2nd MAW
HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1918-1922, US Naval Academy, US Navy
  1922-1922, The Basic School
  1923-1923, Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I
  1924-1925, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
  1925-1927, MCB San Diego, CA
  1927-1928, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China
  1928-1928, Marine Barracks Guam
  1929-1930, Marine Barracks Quantico, VA
  1930-1932, Aviation Units
  1932-1932, US Naval Academy, US Navy
  1934-1937, Aviation Units
  1937-1939, USAF Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
  1939-1940, MCB San Diego, CA
  1941-1941, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1942-1942, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1942-1945, Aviation Units
  1945-1948, MCAS Quantico, VA
  1948-1949, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1949-1950, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1949-1950, Hd Enl Recruiting Section/Deputy Dir USMCRecruiting
  1950-1952, Office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)
  1952-1953, 1st MAW
  1953-1954, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  1953-1954, 2nd MAW
  1954-1955, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
  1955-1959, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1959-1959, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyCalifornia Institute of Technology
  1918-1922, United States Naval Academy
  1932-1932, United States Naval Academy
  1933-1934, California Institute of Technology
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