Bestwick, Wilbur, SgtMajMC

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Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Last Primary MOS
9991-Sergeant Major of The Marine Corps
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Primary Unit
1957-1959, 9991, Office of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1934 - 1959

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

 
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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Date of Passing
Jul 10, 1972
 
Location of Interment
Skylawn Memorial Park - San Mateo, California
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SERGEANT MAJOR WILBUR BESTWICK, USMC
Sergeant Major Wilbur Bestwick, the first Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, died 10 July 1972, at the Stanford University Hospital, San Francisco, California. He was interred at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California.

Sergeant Major Bestwick was born on 27 November 1911, in Sabetha, Kansas, and graduated from high school there in 1932. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1934 and received his basic training at San Diego, California.

The Sergeant Major saw pre-World War II duty at sea aboard the USS Louisville, and served at Marine posts in Bremerton, Washington; San Diego, and Camp Elliott, California. Appointed a Sergeant Major in 1943, he saw World War II combat while serving in this capacity with the 3rd Marine Division in the Bougainville and Guam campaigns.

On his return to the States, in December 1944, Sergeant Major Bestwick served as Sergeant Major of the Mare Island (California) Shipyard. He was transferred to San Francisco in 1945, and completed a four-year tour of duty there as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. In 1949, he became Sergeant Major of the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

During the Korean conflict, he joined the 1st Marine Division in Korea in October 1952 as Division Sergeant Major, and after a year overseas returned to the States. For excellent service in Korea he was awarded the Navy Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V". In 1954, he began a two-year assignment as Sergeant Major, Inspector and Instructor Staff, 1st Air Delivery Company, San Jose, California.

Transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., in June 1956, Sergeant Major Bestwick served as Sergeant Major to the Secretary of the General Staff until 23 May 1957, when he assumed the newly-established post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. He served in this capacity until he retired from active duty on September 1, 1959.

His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V".
   
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  1949-1952, 9999, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC



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9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Location
Parris Island
Country/State
South Carolina
 
 
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MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC

Janelle, Thomas Arthur, 2ndLt, (1951-1952) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Blumer, Evans, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private 1st Class
Adams, Harley, PFC, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Albanese, Frank Cosmo, Pvt, (1952-1952) 99 9900 Private
Anderson, Clyde Earl, PFC, (1952-1952) 99 9900 Private
Bailey, Irvin, PFC 99 9900 Private
Barba, Vincent, Cpl, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Bateman, LeRoy Raymond, PFC, (1951-1951) 99 9900 Private
Beam, Donald M, PFC, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Calderon-Cosme, Tomas, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Carey, Joseph J., Cpl, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Cross, John, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Dawkins, Willie, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Demski, Bernard, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Dwyer, James, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Flora, Charles, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Greco, Ralph, PFC, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Hallmark, Thomas Jay, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Hibbert, Charles, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Kilburn, Johnny R, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Koroly, John, PFC, (1949-1951) 99 9900 Private
LaFleur, Roland, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Langley, Ortman J, SSgt, (1950-1956) 99 9900 Private
MacLean, Kenneth, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Magee, Moise, PFC, (1952-1954) 99 9900 Private
Munro, William, Cpl, (1952-1954) 99 9900 Private
Munro, William, Cpl, (1952-1954) 99 9900 Private
Musick, Richard, MSgt, (1951-1980) 99 9900 Private
Piercy, Zachary Taylor, Cpl, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Player, Billy, Cpl, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Roberson, John Henry, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Rone, James John, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Rossetti, Andrew W, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Shores, William Clarence, Pvt, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Silver, Clarence, PFC, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Smith, Claude, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Spicer, Leland, PFC, (1952-1957) 99 9900 Private
Waddell, Cecil Alden, Cpl, (1951-1953) 99 9900 Private
Wood, Ottie Logan, PFC, (1952-1952) 99 9900 Private
Wren, Carlton Alton, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9905 Private
Wright, Morris B, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Yerdon, Ray, PFC, (1952-1953) 99 9900 Private
Zukowski, Richard, PFC, (1951-1952) 99 9900 Private
Fenton, Francis, Col, (1942-1954) 3 0302 Lieutenant Colonel
Dickerson, Charles, Capt, (1948-1970) 11 1120 Captain
Johnson, Horace L, Capt, (1942-1953) 1 0131 Captain
Palic, Gene, Capt, (1951-1960) 3 0302 Captain
Yancey, John Howard, Capt, (1941-1952) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Albert, Evelyn, MGySgt, (1943-1969) 1 0170 Master Sergeant
Billeb, Bertha Peters, SgtMaj, (1943-1973) 1 0169 Technical Sergeant
Chase, Kenneth, SgtMaj, (1940-1970) 1 0142 Technical Sergeant
LaFrance, Maurice, SgtMaj, (1967-1969) 3 0316 Technical Sergeant
Prater, Elmer, MSgt, (1942-1962) 30 3011 Technical Sergeant
Hamby, Lonnie, SSgt, (1952-1967) 35 3537 Staff Sergeant
Kruger, Braden, SSgt, (1948-1952) 8511 Staff Sergeant
Larrieu, lll, James August, 1stSgt, (1940-1968) 3 0369 Staff Sergeant
Dowd, Marvin, 1stSgt, (1950-1973) 3 0311 Sergeant
Ehrenreich, Francis, CWO2, (1941-1971) 0 8511 Sergeant

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