Axtell, Geroge, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
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8003-General Officer
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1972-1974, 8003, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
Service Years
1940 - 1974
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Ryan Mahana (Alcatraz) to remember Marine LtGen Geroge Axtell.

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Date of Passing
Aug 20, 2011
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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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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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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HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic (FMFLANT) is an American maritime landing force that is spread across the Atlantic Ocean and reports to the United States Atlantic Command. It is headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk and directs and commands all the subordinate elements of the Navy Expeditionary Strike Force and Marine Air-Ground Task Force components that follow under the 2nd (Disestablished and merged with US Fleet Forces Command on 30 September 2011), 4th, and 6th Fleet and the Marine Forces Command (MarForCom). The Commanding General of Marine Forces Command is dual-posted as the Commanding General of the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic. FMFLANT is under operational control of the Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet Forces Command, when deployed.

Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM), headquartered at the Naval Support Activity Center in Norfolk, Virginia, commands service retained-operating forces; executes force sourcing and synchronization to affect force generation actions in the provisioning of joint capable Marine Corps forces, and directs deployment planning and execution of service retained-operating forces in support of Combatant Commander (CCDR) and service requirements; serves as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic (CG FMFLANT) and commands embarked Marine Corps forces; coordinates Marine Corps-Navy integration of operational initiatives and advises CDR U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) on support to Marine Corps forces assigned to naval ships, bases, and installations; conducts Service directed operational tasks as required.

As COMMARFORCOM, commands Service retained-operational forces. As CG FMFLANT, commands Service retained-operational forces embarked aboard Naval shipping.

  • Status and Command Relationships. MARFORCOM is a Service retained component headquarters with the following command relationships.
    • COMMARFORCOM reports to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC).
    • COMMARFORCOM commands and exercises administrative control (ADCON) of the following subordinate commands:
      • II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF)
      • Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG)
      • Marine Corps Security Force Regiment (MCSFR)
      • Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF)
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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.

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HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)

Ryan, Michael, MGen, (1933-1977) 3 0302 Brigadier General
Carson, William, LtGen, (1953-1990) 99 9904 Colonel
Morrow, Samuel Martell, Col, (1951-1978) 96 9640 Colonel
O'Holleran, Ruth Josephine, Col, (1952-1978) 1 0169 Colonel
Schmid, Clarence, MGen, (1943-1977) 99 9904 Colonel
Steinberg, Melvin, Col, (1943-1978) 75 7302 Colonel
Christy, Charles, LtCol, (1964-1991) 18 1802 Major
Cody, Richard(Bill), LtCol, (1955-1985) 3 0302 Major
Kropp, Ronald, Maj 75 7582 Major
Long, Lowell, Maj, (1956-1979) 64 6402 Major
McDonough, Joseph, Maj, (1958-1980) 30 3000 Major
Cocco Valdez, Jose T, Capt, (1953-1979) 64 6402 Captain
Newell, Charles, Capt 62 6202 Captain
Cox, Charles, Maj, (1966-1989) 40 4002 First Lieutenant
Harcourt, Robert, LtCol, (1969-1996) 35 3502 First Lieutenant
Myer, Robert, Capt, (1969-1972) 3 0301 First Lieutenant
Curd, Sr., Pat, CWO3, (1958-1980) 57 5702 Warrant Officer
Adcock, Kermit, MGySgt, (1959-1985) 28 2891 Master Gunnery Sergeant
Love, John, MGySgt, (1964-1985) 4 0491 Master Gunnery Sergeant
Cohen, Gerald, MSgt, (1952-1972) 15 1521 Master Sergeant
Corbin, James, MGySgt, (1955-1981) 65 6533 Master Sergeant
Couch, Winthie, MSgt, (1959-1979) 2 0239 Master Sergeant
Goodman, Harold, MSgt, (1956-1977) 35 3537 Master Sergeant
ANGELOTTI, ROBERT, MSgt, (1965-1985) 2 0241 Gunnery Sergeant
Poole, Tony, CWO3, (1960-1988) 26 2621 Gunnery Sergeant ("The President's Own")
BROWN, MAJOR, SSgt, (1964-1974) 2 0211 Staff Sergeant
Heath, Samuel, MSgt, (1965-1988) 21 2152 Staff Sergeant
Keller, Charles, GySgt, (1967-1976) 28 2881 Staff Sergeant
Austin, Richard, Sgt, (1971-1976) 30 3000 Sergeant
Babe, Allen, Sgt, (1970-1975) 13 1381 Sergeant
Boese, Andrew, MSgt, (1969-1989) 60 6042 Sergeant
Dougherty, John, Sgt, (1970-1972) 1 0101 Sergeant
Finical, Robert, Sgt, (1970-1974) 1 0141 Sergeant
Fries, Charles, Sgt, (1972-1976) 43 4312 Sergeant
Hart, Michael, Sgt, (1970-1973) 18 1811 Sergeant
Kidd, Robert, SSgt, (1972-1981) 3 0341 Sergeant
Olexa, John, Sgt, (1968-1974) 55 5591 Sergeant
Osborn, Richard, SSgt, (1967-1976) 4 0431 Sergeant
Pancoe, Kathryn, Sgt, (1972-1975) 1 0151 Sergeant
Pearson, James, Sgt, (1971-1976) 40 4063 Sergeant
Pelletier, Gene, Sgt, (1968-1972) 3 0311 Sergeant
Ray, Thomas, Sgt, (1968-1972) 3 0311 Sergeant
Richard, Ricky, Sgt, (1969-1975) 13 1391 Sergeant
Ryan, Al, Sgt, (1970-1976) 3 0331 Sergeant
Shaw, Terrill, Sgt, (1970-1991) 2 0231 Sergeant
Spillers, John, MSgt, (1968-1990) 58 5811 Sergeant
Zelenak, David, SSgt, (1972-1979) 65 6521 Sergeant
Bippen, Ben, Cpl, (1971-1973) 35 3531 Corporal
Burke, Michael, Cpl, (1968-1972) 3 0331 Corporal
Deschuytner, Kevin, Sgt, (1974-1986) 8652 Corporal
Dutch de Ruiter, Hans, Cpl, (1970-1974) 58 5800 Corporal
Finch, Gerald, Cpl, (1968-1972) 63 6341 Corporal
Gallimore, Harold, Sgt, (1969-1973) 3 0331 Corporal
Hall, Donald, Cpl, (1974-1978) 3 0341 Corporal
Hine, Herbert, Sgt, (1970-1977) 30 3051 Corporal
Hurt, Ricky, Cpl, (1972-1974) 21 2111 Corporal
Lemons, John, Cpl, (1972-1976) 3 0341 Corporal
Lemons, John, Cpl, (1972-1976) 3 0341 Corporal
Lipps, Hank, Cpl, (1966-1972) 35 3531 Corporal

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