Walt, Lewis, Gen

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Last Rank
General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Primary Unit
1967-1968, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1936 - 1971

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1913
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Marine Gen Lewis Walt (Uncle Lew).
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Wabaunsee County
Last Address
Gulfport, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Mar 26, 1989
 
Location of Interment
Quantico National Cemetery - Quantico, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Vietnam Combined Action Platoon (CAP) USMC Retired Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Combined Action Company




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Gen. Lewis W. Walt, was a U.S. Marine Corps Officer who served in WW II, the Korean war, and the Vietnam War.

He led the attack on Aogiri Ridge during the Battle of Cape Gloucester; the Ridge was
renamed Walt's Ridge in his honor. In Dec. 1943, following hospitalization and training
in Australia, LtCol. Walt led the 2nd Bn. 5th Marines in the assault at Cape Gloucester, New
Britain, and shortly thereafter was assigned as Regimental Executive Officer. In the
middle of this campaign he was ordered to take over command of the 3nd Bn. 5th Marines,
during the intense battle for Aogiri Ridge. During this action, he earned his first Navy Cross
and Aogiri Ridge was named "Walt Ridge" in his honor by Genarel Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.,
1st Marine Division Commander. Departing Cape Gloucester in late February 1944, LtCol.
Walt was ordered to the Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, for treatment of wounds and
malaria. In June 1944, he returned to the Pacific theater. That September, he landed with the
Marine force on Peleliu as Regimental Executive Officer, 5th Marines. On the first day of the
battle he was ordered to take command of 3rd Bn. 5th Marines after the Bn. Commanding
Officer and Executive Officer became casualties.
   
Other Comments:
 Vietnam War:  As a testament to his vital role in Vietnam, Life Magazine featured General Walt
in a May 1967 cover story. The article noted the success of an innovative program initiated by
General Walt in August 1965, called, 'Combined Action Company (CAC).' This program sent
squads of Marine volunteers into the countryside to assist local part-time militia men know
as Popular Forces. As Life noted, "His CAC units all had the same orders: help protect the
villages, get to know the people, find the local Communist infrasturcture and put it out of
business." General Walt stressed the importance of using CAC to win the confidence of average, ordinary Vietnamese citizens. The magazine observed, "If these people could be
located and won over, Walt argued, the communists would be hit where it hurts. Because
of his CAC program, the number of "secure" villages under General Walt's protection rose between 1965 and 1967 from 87 to 197, while the number of Vietnamese living in "secure"
areas in general rose from 413,000 to 1.1 million.   

"ASSISTANT COMMANDANT":  Upon his return to the U.S. Gen.Walt saw duty from June 1967 until the following December as Deputy Chief of Staff (Manpower)/Director of Personnel, at HQMC.  On January 1, 1968, he was designated Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
   
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 Unit Assignments
The Basic School6th Marine RegimentMarine BarracksUSMC (United States Marine Corps)
5th Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 5th Marine Regiment1st Marine Division, I MEF3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5), 5th Marine Regiment
MCB Quantico, VAAmphibious Warfare School2nd Marine Division3rd Marine Division, III MEF
III MAFHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1936-1936, 0301, The Basic School
  1936-1937, 6th Marine Regiment
  1937-1938, Marine Barracks Shanghai, China
  1937-1939, Marine Barracks Guam
  1941-1942, Infantry Units
  1941-1942, 5th Marine Regiment
  1941-1942, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1943-1943, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1944-1946, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1945-1950, Amphibious Warfare School
  1947-1947, Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
  1950-1951, The Basic School/Instructor Bn, HQ, MCB Quantico
  1952-1953, 5th Marine Regiment
  1960-1962, 2nd Marine Division
  1965-1966, Amphib Assault Co, Combat Assault Bn, 3rd Marine Division
  1965-1966, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF
  1966-1967, III MAF
  1967-1968, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
  1951-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1966-1966 Combined Action Program
 Colleges Attended
Colorado State University
  1930-1936, Colorado State University
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