Breckinridge, James, LtGen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
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1939-1941, 9903, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
Service Years
1898 - 1941
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO2 Philip E. Montroy to remember Marine LtGen James Breckinridge.

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Home Town
Last Address
Summit Point, West Virginia

Date of Passing
Mar 02, 1942
Location of Interment
Lexington National Cemetery - Lexington, Kentucky
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Not Specified

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LtGen Breckinridge retired from the USMC on October 1, 1941.  He returned to his home in the Shenandoah Valley.  Upon his death in 1942, as per his wishes, he was buried in the Breckinridge family section at Lexington National Cemetety in Lexington, Kentucky. 

In 1945 the U.S. Navy launched the USS General J.C. Breckinridge (AP-176) in his honor.  The USMC named Breckinridge Hall at Marine Corps Schools, Quantico and later the James Carson Breckinridge Professional Library at the Marine Corps University as a tribute to his efforts to prepare the next generation of Marines for World War II.
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LtGen Breckinridge was from a very wealthy and historically noteable family.  His father, Clifton Rhodes Breckinridge, was a former U.S. Congressman (1888-1897) and U.S. Minister to Russia (1894-1897).  His grandfather, John C. Breckinridge, was the former Vice President of the United States (1857-1860) and Secretary of War for the Confederate States of America.  His great-great grandfather, John Breckinridge, had served as a U.S. Senator (1800-1805) and as the U.S. Attorney General (1805-1806).

LtGen Breckinridge, like Maj. Earl  "Pete"  Ellis, foresaw the coming hostilities in the Pacific and used his position at the Marine Corps Schools to write and develop training programs to enhance U.S. Marine Corps amphibious warfare capabilities.

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 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)MARDET (Afloat)US NavyUS Army War College
Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & IUSS Seattle (AOE-3)1st Marine RegimentMARDET American Legation, Peking, China
MCB Quantico, VAUS Pacific Command (PACOM)MCB Quantico, VAMarine Barracks
  1898-1898, 0301, Basic School for Marine Officers, Philadelphia Navy Yard
  1898-1901, 0302, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
  1909-1911, 0302, Marine Expeditionary Force, Nicaragua
  1911-1914, 0302, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
  1914-1916, 0302, MarDet USS Utah (BB-31)
  1916-1918, 9905, US Navy
  1919-1920, 9906, 15th Marine Regiment
  1922-1923, 9905, US Army War College
  1923-1925, Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I
  1925-1927, 9905, USS Seattle (AOE-3)
  1927-1929, 9906, 1st Marine Regiment
  1930-1932, 9903, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China
  1932-1935, 9903, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1935-1937, US Pacific Command (PACOM)
  1937-1939, 9903, HQ, MCB Quantico
  1939-1941, 9903, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Manila Bay (Cavite)
  1899-1900 Philippine-American War
  1914-1914 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Battle and Occupation of Veracruz (1914)
  1916-1916 Invasion of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Campaign)
  1917-1918 World War I
  1926-1933 US Second Occupation of Nicaragua
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
 Colleges Attended
Army War College
  1895-1899, Others/Not Listed
  1922-1923, Army War College
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