Greene, Wallace Martin, Jr., Gen

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1964-1967, 9903, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC), Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
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General Wallace Martin Greene, Jr. (December 27, 1907-March 8, 2003) was the 23rd Commandant of the Marine Corps from January 1, 1964 to December 31, 1967, when he retired from active service. Greene's decorated Marine career spanned 37 years.

Greene served in China in the 1930s, in the South Pacific in World War II, and was Commandant during the military buildup in Southeast Asia and when the first US troops entered South Vietnam. During General Greene's tenure, the Marine Corps grew from 178,000 active-duty personnel to nearly 300,000.

Wallace Martin Greene, Jr. was born on December 27, 1907 in Waterbury, Vermont. In 1925, he graduated from high school in Burlington, Vermont, then attended the University of Vermont for a year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, 5 June 1930, he was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant and ordered to Marine Officers' Basic School at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

After completing Basic School in June 1931, 2dLt Greene served for a year at the Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. During July 1932, he completed the Sea School at San Diego, California, and joined the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Tennessee. Returning from sea duty in March 1934, he served briefly at Pensacola, Florida, and Quantico, Virginia, before reporting to the Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, that November. He was promoted to first lieutenant the same month.

Except for a temporary assignment at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, where he completed a course in the Chemical Warfare School, he remained stationed at Lakehurst until March 1936. After that, he served at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, until he sailed for Guam in October 1936. He was stationed there until June 1937, when he embarked for Shanghai, China, to join the 4th Marine Regiment. During September 1937, the 4th Marines became a part of the 2nd Marine Brigade and he was promoted to captain.

Along with his unit, Capt Greene was commended for performance of duty while attached to the defense forces of the International Settlement during the Sino-Japanese hostilities of 1937 and 1938. Upon his return from China in August 1939, he entered the Junior Course, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico. He completed the course in May 1940, then took command of the 1st Chemical Company, 1st Marine Brigade, sailing with it that October for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While there, the brigade was redesignated the 1st Marine Division.

Returning with his unit in April 1941, Capt Greene served at Quantico and New River (later Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, as Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division. In November 1941, he was ordered to London, England, as a Special Naval Observer. During that assignment, he attended the British Amphibious Warfare School in Inverary, Scotland, and the Royal Engineer Demolitions School in Ripon, York, England. He was promoted to major in January 1942 and returned to the United States the following month.

Named Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 3rd Marine Brigade, in March 1942, Maj Greene sailed with the brigade for Upolu, Western Samoa, the following month. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in August 1942 and remained on Samoa until November 1943 when he joined the V Amphibious Corps in Hawaii.

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For outstanding service as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, Tactical Group One, during the planning and execution of the Marshall Islands invasion, LtCol Greene was awarded his first Legion of Merit with Combat "V". Following the disbanding of the group in March 1944, he joined the 2nd Marine Division as G-3, earning a second Legion of Merit for outstanding service in this capacity prior to and during combat on Saipan and Tinian. He remained with the 2nd Division until his return to the United States in September 1944.

In October 1944, LtCol Greene was appointed Officer in Charge, G-3, Operations, Division of Plans and Policies, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC). He held that post until July 1945, then served as Executive Officer, Special Services Branch, Personnel Department. In April 1946, he was ordered to Little Creek, Virginia, as G-3, Troop Training Unit, Amphibious Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. While there, he was promoted to colonel in February 1948, with rank from August 1947.

Detached from Little Creek in June 1948, Col Greene reported to Pearl Harbor that August as G-3, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Pacific. He returned from that assignment in June 1950 and for the next two years was Chief of the Combined Arms Section, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico. He also served briefly as Chief of the Coordination &XXevalXX. Section there, before entering the National War College, Washington, in August 1952. He graduated in June 1953 and the following month became Staff Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Security Council Affairs. Prior to his departure from Washington, he was promoted to brigadier general on 1 September 1955.

Later that September, BGen Greene assumed duty as Assistant Commander, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. In May 1956, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he served as Commanding General, Recruit Training Command, until March 1957, when he became Commanding General of the Recruit Depot. That July he became Commanding General of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune.

In January 1958, BGen Greene reported to HQMC as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3. While serving in this capacity, he was promoted to major general in August 1958. Following this assignment, he served from March through December 1959 as Deputy Chief of Staff (Plans). On 1 January 1960, he was designated as Chief of Staff, with the rank of lieutenant general.

Lieutenant General Greene was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on 24 September 1963 to become the 23rd Commandant of the Marine Corps for a four-year term. Upon assuming his post as Commandant on 1 January 1964, he was promoted to four-star rank. During his tenure, there was a proliferation of troops in Southeast Asia. In 1964, there were fewer than a thousand Marines in Vietnam but by 1968, the III Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam numbered more than 100,000 Marines and sailors.

General Greene retired on 31 December 1967.
n addition to the Distinguished Service Medal with one Gold Star in lieu of a second award, the general?s medals and decorations include: the Legion of Merit with Combat ?V? and Gold Star in lieu of a second award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with base clasp, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star.

He also has been awarded the Order of the Cloud and Banner, Grand Cordon, by the Republic of China; The Order of Service Merit, First Class, by the Republic of Korea; the Brazilian Order of Naval Merit, Grand Official, from Brazil; and the National Order of Vietnam, 3d Class, from the Republic of Vietnam.
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MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
Since September 1941, Camp Lejeune (luh-jern) has been the home of "Expeditionary Forces in Readiness", and throughout the years, it has become the home base for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and other combat units and support commands.

There are several major Marine Corps commands and one Navy command aboard Camp Lejeune. Some tenant commands include Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and the naval hospital to name a few. Marine Corps Base owns all the real estate, hosts entry-level and career-level formal schools and provides support and training for tenant commands; II Marine Expeditionary Force conducts operational planning for Fleet Marine Force commands; 2nd Marine Division is the ground combat element of II MEF; 2nd Marine Logistics Group is the combat service support element of II MEF; and 2nd Marine Air Wing, headquartered at Cherry Point, N.C., is the air combat element of II MEF. Additionally, the naval hospital provides primary medical care to service members and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Today, as in the past, Camp Lejeune's mission remains the same - to maintain combat-ready units for expeditionary deployment.

To help prepare warfighters for combat and humanitarian missions abroad, Camp Lejeune takes advantage of 156,000 acres, 11 miles of beach capable of supporting amphibious operations, 34 gun positions, 50 tactical landing zones, three state-of-the-art training facilities for Military Operations in Urban Terrain and 80 live fire ranges to include the Greater Sandy Run Training Area.

The base and surrounding community is home to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population of approximately 170,000 people. The base generates almost $3 billion in commerce each year, coming from payrolls and contracts to support the structure required to train and equip our modern Marines.

Some services available aboard Camp Lejeune include: childcare, shopping, education, family support, hunting and fishing, dining, boating and swimming.

Some facilities on base include banks and credit unions, the commissary, the library, hobby shops, fitness centers, the beach, theaters and more.

From the supporting infrastructure, a tradition of excellence in doing day-to-day business has evolved. From environmental programs that include a state-of-the-art landfill and water treatment system to quality of life programs that ensure Marine families are taken care of, Camp Lejeune stands out as a superior military base.

Camp Lejeune is a seven-time recipient of the Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence. This award recognizes the base on a Department of Defense level for effectively managing assets and developing quality programs to accomplish the mission of providing expeditionary forces in readiness.

The Marines, sailors, Coast Guardsmen and civilian Marines who provide for the efficient management of Camp Lejeune's assets strive to ensure even grander goals are realized in the future.
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Riseley, James, LtGen Lieutenant General
Ellzey, Harry, Maj, (1941-1962) Major
Brewer, Margaret A., BGen, (1952-1980) Captain
Shotwell, Clifton, MSgt, (1947-1968) Platoon Sergeant
Nernes, Larry, Cpl, (1954-1957) Corporal
LeClair, Richard, LCpl, (1957-1961) Private 1st Class
Greene, Jr., Wallace, Gen, (1930-1967) 99 9903 Brigadier General
Corriher, Charles (Bob), Maj, (1951-1975) 30 3002 Major
Seabeck, Frank Eugene, Maj, (1943-1963) 3 0302 Major
Morris, Edward Clark, LtCol, (1948-1966) 3 0302 Captain
Gillam, Ron, 1stLt, (1953-1958) 8 0801 First Lieutenant
Kerrigan, Edward, 1stLt, (1955-1963) 25 2502 First Lieutenant
Mitchem, Paris, MGySgt, (1957-1977) 3 0300 Master Gunnery Sergeant
Butler, Wilfred G. "Jerry", 1stSgt, (1946-1968) 99 First Sergeant
Curtis, Louis N., MSgt, (1938-1968) 55 5517 Master Sergeant "The President's Own"
Dunn, John E, MGySgt, (1941-1971) 26 2645 Master Sergeant
Chevalier, Robert, GySgt, (1952-1972) 30 3049 Gunnery Sergeant
Keyser, Leslie (mike), GySgt, (1957-1977) 35 3519 Gunnery Sergeant
Pirtle, Donald, GySgt, (1953-1973) 33 3381 Gunnery Sergeant
Shucker, Robert Harold, MGySgt, (1942-1975) 58 5803 Gunnery Sergeant
Hagy, Franklin, 1stSgt, (1943-1967) 30 3091 Technical Sergeant
Blount, Turner G, MSgt, (1943-1969) 35 3537 Staff Sergeant
Mucci/Guglielmucci, Anthony, CWO3, (1948-1969) 13 1371 Staff Sergeant
Andersen, Gordon, Sgt, (1954-1957) 3 0311 Sergeant
Apple, Raymond, Sgt, (1943-1959) 3 0311 Sergeant
Braz, John, Sgt, (1953-1958) 3 0311 Sergeant
Burke, Leo, Sgt, (1954-1962) 25 2511 Sergeant
Covington, David, PFC, (1953-1958) 1 0141 Sergeant
Dansker, Emil, Sgt, (1953-1960) 43 4300 Sergeant
Dunn, Charles, Sgt, (1955-1961) 60 6000 Sergeant
Genz, John, Sgt, (1953-1957) 8 0845 Sergeant
Marshall, Steven, Sgt, (1954-1960) 3 Sergeant
McElyea, Robert, 1stSgt, (1955-1976) 58 5803 Sergeant
Smid, Anthony, Sgt, (1957-1962) 3 0321 Sergeant
Trenck, Eric, Sgt, (1951-1959) 35 3531 Sergeant
Yancey, Mason D, GySgt 35 3500 Sergeant
Adams, Donald, Cpl, (1953-1961) 13 1345 Corporal
Ashmore, George, Cpl, (1956-1958) 3 0341 Corporal
Blanc, John, Cpl, (1958-1962) 25 2511 Corporal
Broz, Kenneth, MSgt, (1956-1977) 1 0141 Corporal
Conklin, Warren, Cpl, (1957-1961) 8 Corporal
Davis, Richard, Cpl, (1958-1962) 30 3091 Corporal
Duke, William, Maj, (1954-1976) 30 3041 Corporal
Ellis, Walter, Cpl, (1956-1959) 33 3300 Corporal
Faulkner, Robert, Cpl, (1956-1966) 3 0311 Corporal
Hartogh, Leon, Cpl, (1955-1958) 35 3531 Corporal
Hutchins, Dana, Cpl, (1956-1958) 13 1345 Corporal
Irwin, Robert, Cpl, (1956-1962) 18 1814 Corporal
Johnson, Rufus, Cpl, (1954-1957) 3 0300 Corporal
Lynch, Richard Hugh, Cpl, (1958-1962) 3 0311 Corporal
Mc Ginty, Robert, Cpl, (1956-1962) 3 0300 Corporal
Mcmahon, William, Cpl, (1955-1959) 25 2533 Corporal
McWilliams, James, LCpl, (1957-1961) 35 3500 Corporal
Morris, Ben, Cpl, (1956-1958) 25 2533 Corporal
Spencer, Russell, Sgt, (1951-1959) 44 4421 Corporal
Toms, Bill, Cpl, (1954-1957) 13 1371 Corporal
Underwood, Don, SSgt, (1956-1967) 35 3516 Corporal
Van Wie, Robert James, PFC, (1955-1959) 3 0311 Corporal
Vierling, Gerardus, Cpl, (1958-1962) 30 3071 Corporal

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