Pate, Randolph, Gen

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Primary Unit
1956-1959, 9903, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1921 - 1959



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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Port Royal

Date of Passing
Jul 31, 1961
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs Service

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorHistorical Marines
  1942, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1956, Historical Marines [Verified]

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Other Comments:
21st Commendant of the Marine Corps

The citation for the Distinguished Service Medal states in part:

"Moving the 1st Marine Division from corps reserve to position on line shortly after he assumed control of the 1st Marine Division, he was responsible for a sector that was far greater in size than is normally the area of responsibility for a division. He employed the most astute military judgment and discretion in the deployment of his troops, and was able to contain the enemy and maintain the integrity of the United Nations line during the final enemy offensive.

"Subsequent to the armistice agreement, he initiated an intensive salvage program of the old battle position, realizing a savings of thousands of dollars for the command, and then personally supervised and guided the construction of new main battle positions, again on a greatly extended front. Aware of the necessity for maintaining combat readiness throughout the post armistice period, he implemented an aggressive, realistic and comprehensive training program of dual purpose consisting of orientation and indoctrination in the battle techniques of both ground warfare and amphibious assault operations. In addition, he cooperated and coordinated with interest units during the unprecedented "Big Switch" prisoner of war exchange. This sensitive project fell within the Division area of responsibility, and through his foresight and organizational process, the repatriation program was completed without any untoward incidents."

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 Unit Assignments
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1954-1956, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1956-1959, 9903, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1956-1959, 9903, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
 Colleges Attended
Virginia Military Institute
  1918-1921, Virginia Military Institute
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