Riley, William Edward, LtGen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Primary Unit
1949-1951, 9903, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1917 - 1951
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Golden Dragon Certificate

Lieutenant General


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO2 Philip E. Montroy to remember Marine LtGen William Edward Riley.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
U.S. Naval Hospital
Annapolis, MD

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 1970
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs Service French Fourragere USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
LtGen William Edward Riley retired from active duty on May 31, 1951.  From August 1949 until June 1953 he served as Chief of Staff, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization for Palestine.  He then served as Deputy Director for Management, U.S. Foreign Operations Administration from September 1953 until May 1955.  Following that he served as Director of the United States Operations Mission in Turkey.

The General died on April 28, 1970 at the age of 73.  He was buried with Full Honors at Arlington National Cemetery.                    
Other Comments:
LtGen Riley had a very exceptional career in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He continually proved his capabilities in both combat and operations/planning.
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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)Pistol Expert

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1917, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks Annapolis, MD6th Marine RegimentMarine Amphibious Units/Brigades (MAU/MAB)Commander Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR)/Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (COMNAVSURFORLANT)
Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3/Joint Staff, Washington D.C,US NavyHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)2nd Marine Division
United NationsHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1917-1917, 0301, Marine Barracks Annapolis, MD/Rifle Range Detachment
  1917-1918, 0302, 6th Marine Regiment
  1919-1940, 0302, Marine Amphibious Units/Brigades (MAU/MAB)
  1940-1942, 9906, Commander Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR)/Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (COMNAVSURFORLANT)
  1942-1943, 9905, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3/Joint Staff, Washington D.C,
  1943-1945, 9905, 3rd Fleet
  1946-1948, 9903, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1948-1948, 9903, 2nd Marine Division
  1948-1949, 9905, United Nations
  1949-1951, 9903, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Somme Defensive Campaign
  1920-1920 US Occupation of Haiti
  1941-1941 World War II/World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
 Colleges Attended
Naval War College
  1914-1916, Saint Thomas University
  1934-1935, Naval War College
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