Axtell, Geroge, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
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8003-General Officer
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1972-1974, 8003, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLANT)
Service Years
1940 - 1974
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Date of Passing
Aug 20, 2011
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)

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Cold War Medal

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Lieutenant General George C. Axtell, World War II ace and Navy Cross winner for heroism during the battle for Okinawa, retired from active duty on 1 September 1974. He was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on 29 November 1920, and graduated from high school there in 1938. He attended the University of Alabama before enlisting in the Marine Corps in July 1940 as a Marine Aviation Cadet. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Arts degree (Comptroller) from George Washington University.

He was assigned to flight school and was commissioned as a second lieutenant and designated a Naval Aviator in May 1941. From May until December 1941, he was an instructor at Pensacola, and then was transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy's Postgraduate School where he studied meteorological engineering, graduating in March 1943. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1942, and to captain in August 1942.

Promoted to major in May 1943, he saw duty from that July until June 1945, as Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Squadron 323 (VMF-323), from the date of its formation at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and then throughout the Okinawa campaign. During the Okinawa campaign, VMF-323 scored 124 enemy planes. Following the Okinawa campaign he was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Marine Carrier Air Group-16, operating from the USS Badoeng Strait. Following the deactivation of MCVG-16 in March 1946, he served as Commanding Officer, VMF-452 until the following January.

Major Axtell completed the Junior Course at Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, early in 1947, and began his first tour of duty at Headquarters Marine Corps as Naval Aviator Detail Officer, followed by a two-year tour with the Judge Advocate General's Office. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January 1951.

In 1952, he was ordered to Korea where he took part in combat with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing as Tactical Officer of Marine Aircraft Group -12, and later, as Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 312. He served next with the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, North Carolina, as Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, for a year, then as Commanding Officer, Marine Air Control Group 1. In 1955, Lieutenant Colonel Axtell reported to Headquarters Marine Corps for four years' duty as Assistant Head of Aviation Training and Distribution Branch, and Head of Program Planning, Division of Aviation. He was promoted to colonel in July 1959.

From 1959 until 1960, he served in Japan as 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Legal Officer and, later, as Commanding Officer, MAG-12. Returning to MCAS, Cherry Point, for a three-year period, he was initially assigned as 2d Wing Legal Officer and then reassigned as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3.

After completing the National War College, Washington, D.C., in June 1964, Colonel Axtell was assigned as Chief of Staff, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Ordered to the Far East in September 1965, he served as Chief of Staff, III Marine Amphibious Force, and was awarded his first Legion of Merit with Combat "V," for service in this capacity.

During March 1966, he organized and commanded the Force Logistics Command, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, located in the Republic of Vietnam. A second Legion of Merit with Combat "V" was awarded him for exceptionally meritorious conduct during this assignment.

Upon his return to the United States in December 1966, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general, and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps. For his service as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, from December 1966 until June 1970, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of his third Legion of Merit. He was promoted to major general, 7 August 1969.

From late June 1970 to March 1972, he served as Commanding General, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina.

On 10 March 1972, it was announced that President Nixon had nominated Major General Axtell for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general and assignment as the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was advanced to three-star rank on 1 April 1972. He received the Distinguished Service Medal upon his retirement on 1 September 1974.  LtGen Axtell passed away at the age of 90 on 20 August 2011.



In addition to the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal, his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with Combat "V," and Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star in lieu of a subsequent award, the Air Medal with one Silver Star in lieu of second through sixth awards, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze star, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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Naval Aviator insignia
1st Row   Navy Cross Navy Distinguished Service Medal  
2nd Row Legion of Merit w/ v device & 2 award stars Distinguished Flying Cross w/ 1 award star Air Medal w/ 5 award stars Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 2 service stars
3rd Row Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 campaign star
4th Row World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Korean Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 service stars
5th Row Korean Presidential Unit Citation Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation United Nations Korea Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

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  1966-1966, 8040, Force Logistics Command

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Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
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Force Logistics Command

Bender, Hamilton, SSgt, (1964-1974) 13 1341 Sergeant
Beverly, Robert, Sgt, (1964-1967) 40 4024 Sergeant
Callahan, Frank, 1stSgt, (1959-1987) 1 0141 Sergeant
Cropper, Clyde, SgtMaj, (1963-1991) 30 3041 Sergeant
Cropper, Clyde, SgtMaj, (1963-1991) 30 3041 Sergeant
Mastranunzio, Harold, Sgt, (1963-1967) 35 3516 Sergeant
White, Russell, Sgt, (1966-1970) 34 3432 Sergeant
Wilson, Larry, Sgt, (1965-1969) 4 0441 Sergeant
Bialoglowy, David, MGySgt, (1963-1990) 3 0311 Corporal
George, Kendall Emanuel, CPL, (1963-1966) 31 3111 Corporal
Mather, Dennis, CPL, (1966-1970) 25 2533 Corporal
Pratt, Robert, CPL, (1965-1968) 1 0141 Corporal
Romine Sr., Dennis, GySgt, (1964-1984) 1 0151 Corporal
Shepard, Raymond Andrew, CPL, (1960-1966) 3 0311 Corporal
Wells, Lawrence, CPL, (1964-1968) 30 3051 Corporal
Bocrie, Jim, CPL, (1966-1968) 1 0141 Lance Corporal
Books, Jay Karl, LCpl, (1965-1966) 30 3051 Lance Corporal
Culverwell, Paul, Pvt, (1965-1969) OF 014 Lance Corporal
DeVaughn, John, MSgt, (1963-1985) 35 3516 Lance Corporal
Gasko, John, MGySgt, (1963-1990) 28 2841 Lance Corporal
Pina, Luiz, LCpl, (1964-1966) 31 3111 Lance Corporal
Shelton, Clyde, CWO2 35 3516 Lance Corporal
Carroll, Dwight S, GySgt, (1965-1984) 13 1391 Private 1st Class
Carroll, Dwight S, GySgt, (1965-1984) 13 1391 Private 1st Class
Scudiero, Patrick Frank, PFC, (1966-1966) 30 3051 Private 1st Class
Williams, Jerome, CWO4, (1959-1989) Staff Sergeant
Blackwell, Michael, Sgt, (1964-1968) Sergeant
Shepard, Robert, Sgt, (1963-1967) Sergeant
Smith, William, Sgt, (1963-1969) Corporal
Maloney, John, Sgt, (1966-1969) Private 1st Class
1st MP Bn

Jonas, James, CPL, (1965-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Thomason, John H, CPL, (1966-1972) 3 0300 Corporal
Hofmann, Frank, Sgt, (1965-1969) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Schuette, Rickie J., CPL, (1966-1972) 8671 Private 1st Class
Poland, Leon Lovell, Pvt, (1966-1967) 3 0311 Private
2nd Bulk Fuel Pltn

Berard, Kenneth, Sgt, (1964-1968) 13 1391 Sergeant
Mills, Alvin J., Sgt, (1964-1968) 13 1341 Corporal
Miller, Richard, LCpl, (1966-1968) Private 1st Class
3rd MP Bn

Malcolm, Jack, Sgt, (1966-1970) 3 0311 Sergeant
Pedrotti, Carl, Sgt, (1966-1969) 0 8671 Sergeant
Sullivan, Joseph, Sgt, (1966-1971) 3 0311 Sergeant
Mishler, Michael, CPL, (1966-1969) 3 0351 Corporal
Creasy, Richard, LCpl, (1961-1968) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Johnson, Edward, LCpl, (1965-1967) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Koski, Fred, LCpl, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Sandrovich, Frank, Sgt, (1960-1968) 3 Sergeant
7th Separate Bulk Fuel Co

Bartley, Arnold, Sgt, (1966-1975) 13 1391 Sergeant
Hahn, Leon Henry, Sgt, (1965-1968) 13 1391 Sergeant
Mills, Alvin J., Sgt, (1964-1968) 13 1341 Sergeant
Arthur, Allen Lee, CPL, (1965-1967) 1 0141 Corporal
Messenger, Ralpj, Sgt, (1966-1970) 30 3000 Corporal
Nichols, James, CPL, (1966-1968) 13 1391 Corporal
Aguglia, Biagio, LCpl, (1965-1968) 13 1391 Lance Corporal
Hessenthaler, George, LCpl, (1965-1967) 13 1391 Lance Corporal
Johnson, James, LCpl, (1966-1968) 25 2531 Lance Corporal
A Co

Bond, Richard, GySgt, (1966-1989) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Armed Forces Police, Danang, Vietnam

Moon, Richard, CPL, (1966-1969) 6 0612 Corporal
Mater, JR, Sgt, (1964-1970) 58 5801 Lance Corporal
D Co

Henry, Scott, CPL, (1966-1969) 58 5811 Corporal

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